Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP lawmakers set to retake seats in NA

CNRP lawmakers set to retake seats in NA

CNRP acting president Kem Sokha and Interior Minister Sar Kheng shake hands at the National Assembly earlier this year.
CNRP acting president Kem Sokha and Interior Minister Sar Kheng shake hands at the National Assembly earlier this year. Heng Chivoan

CNRP lawmakers set to retake seats in NA

The CNRP yesterday announced its lawmakers will attend Wednesday’s plenary session at the National Assembly, ending the party’s almost two-month boycott that began after the brutal beating of two of its lawmakers outside parliament by pro-government protesters.

Following the October 26 assault, the CNRP boycotted the assembly citing safety concerns, amid political tensions also stemming from the issuance of an arrest warrant against CNRP president Sam Rainsy, who remains abroad in self-imposed exile.

Yesterday, opposition spokesman Yem Ponharith said talks held between CNRP acting president Kem Sokha and Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday had paved the way for opposition deputies to return to the assembly.

Ponharith said that comments on Sunday by Cambodian People’s Party spokesman Sok Eysan suggesting opposition lawmakers, if they continued their boycott, could have their salaries frozen and government-provided Lexuses withdrawn had not influenced the decision.

Wednesday’s agenda items include ratifying an amendment to the Marrakesh agreement, the convention which established the World Trade Organisation; voting to back the ASEAN biodiversity centre; and approving a new law on animal health and production.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hun Sen will fly to Thailand on Friday for an official two-day visit, the Foreign Ministry announced yesterday.

During the visit, Hun Sen will meet Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, deliver a speech at the Thailand-Cambodia Business Forum, and sign off on four pacts including MOUs concerning a planned border crossing in Stung Bot and labour cooperation.

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Pursat Ford assembly plant opens

    The Kingdom’s first Ford assembly plant was inaugurated on June 16 in Pursat province amid rising demand for brand-new vehicles among Cambodians. The facility is seen as a game changer for the domestic automobile industry, which could bring a wave of investors seeking to cash

  • Siem Reap’s $18M zoo said to educate public, help wildlife

    Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium Co Ltd has invested $18 million in a zoo in Siem Reap province, which will be opened in October to educate and promote animal conservation as well as attract national and international tourists. Currently, the Angkor Wildlife and Aquarium is building the

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • $50B infrastructure plan en route

    The government’s upcoming $50 billion,10-year infrastructure master plan will provide tremendous investment opportunities for domestic and foreign entities, transport experts and economists say. Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol revealed the plan to Japanese ambassador to Cambodia Masahiro Mikami on June 15. At

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro