Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP again points to National Assembly return

CNRP again points to National Assembly return

Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers attend a parliamentary session at the National Assembly late last year. Facebook
Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers attend a parliamentary session at the National Assembly late last year. Facebook

CNRP again points to National Assembly return

After months of boycotting the National Assembly, the Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers will join an Assembly plenary session on November 20, opposition chief whip Son Chhay said yesterday.

Chhay stopped short of announcing an end to the boycott – instituted in May as a protest against alleged state-backed legal harassment of the party – but said the meeting’s agenda, which will cover the 2017 budget, demanded the CNRP’s input.

“Generally, we will have a look at agendas,” Chhay said, discussing the party’s selective boycott approach, which he said will prioritise “important” issues.

The party had vowed to attend a plenary session in October, but pulled out at the last minute citing safety concerns.

At the time, insiders told the Post that Prime Minister Hun Sen had allegedly sent text messages to CNRP leader Kem Sokha threatening “bloodshed” in response to planned protests in Australia against his son, Hun Manet.

Chhay said the party would now move to summon six ministers to the parliament to answer questions about problems within their portfolios, including the ministers for defence, justice, health, agriculture, mines and energy and the interior.

“We want to have questioning [of ministers] every week,” Chhay said, adding that he had already prepared questions.

Noting the Cambodian People’s Party majority, ruling party spokesman Sok Eysan said the CNRP’s attendance was irrelevant. “If they join or don’t join, it’s their business,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Omicron patients can stay home: PM

    The Ministry of Health has issued a directive on the treatment of people who have tested positive for the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Hun Sen on the night of January 21. The directive permits home quarantine for those who

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • Cambodia’s first ever anime festival kicks off Jan 22 at capital’s F3 centre

    Phnom Penh's first ever Anime Festival will bring together fans, artists, shops and other local businesses with ties to the Japanese animation style for cosplay competitions, online games, pop-up shops and more on January 22, with Friends Futures Factory (F3) hosting. F3 is a project that

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42

  • Hun Sen gets 4th Covid shot, urges compatriots to follow

    Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany on January 14 received their fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine and called on compatriots to follow suit as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in the community. This marks the launch of Cambodia's fourth-dose vaccination campaign,

  • Fourth dose Covid booster drive jabs 43K in two days

    In the first two days of the fourth-dose Covid-19 vaccination campaign, more than 43,000 people volunteered to get the jabs, while over 4.6 million people have received a third shot. Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said that fourth-dose vaccinations, which began on January 14 exclusively with the Pfizer