Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Opposition return to National Assembly ‘likely’ on Friday

Cambodia National Rescue Party members and Kem Sokha (third left) attend a parliamentary session at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh last year. Facebook
Cambodia National Rescue Party members and Kem Sokha (third left) attend a parliamentary session at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh last year. Facebook

Opposition return to National Assembly ‘likely’ on Friday

The Cambodia National Rescue Party looks set to join the National Assembly’s plenary session on Friday, party insiders said yesterday; though an official CNRP spokesman stopped short of confirming his colleagues would be in attendance.

After a meeting of the CNRP’s permanent committee yesterday, party spokesman Yem Ponhearith said CNRP parliamentarians were considering ending their boycott of the legislature, but they would “wait and see” about the political situation first.

However, two lawmakers, who requested anonymity to speak freely, said they believed CNRP representatives would attend.

“We will join for the plenary session,” said one, while another said it was “highly likely” the lawmakers would attend.

For several months, the party has refused to participate in the parliament in protest of a slew of legal cases against CNRP members and its top leadership including president Sam Rainsy and vice president Kem Sokha.

However, following signals from Prime Minister Hun Sen that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party would be willing to talk at the assembly, the party softened its stance.

“We hope that, as [Hun Sen] said, by joining the National Assembly session, we can meet,” Ponhearith said.

Reached yesterday, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said whether or not the opposition counterparts attended was unimportant, as the ruling party held the majority and could still pass laws.

Asked about negotiations, Eysan said “not everything can be predicted”.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Bodies of Cambodian peacekeepers returned to Kingdom

The bodies of four Cambodian peacekeepers killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic were repatriated to the Kingdom and honoured in an airport ceremony on May 21.

Phnom Penh eats: Ptas Nak Battambang

As the name suggests, Ptsa Nak Battambang – which in English means Battambang's house – is the right place for those who want to try some of the province's typical dishes in Phnom Penh.

People drive past an advertisement for beer.

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a directive on Friday banning the sale and consumption of alcohol on June 3 and 4 to prevent unrest during commune el

Military police stand guard outside a polling station that was allegedly prematurely closed to eligible voters during the 2013 general election in Kandal province. Photo supplied

The Ministry of Defence on Friday lashed out at civil society and election monitoring groups, claiming a