Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Council chair wants internal law

Council chair wants internal law

Council chair wants internal law

The new rotating chairman of the Supreme Council for Consultation and Recommendations, Mam Sonando, plans to create an internal law for the council to prevent the termination of other members after the president of the Khmer Rise Party, Sok Sovann Vathana Sabung, was sacked from the Council.

Sonando, the president of the Beehive Social Democratic Party, said the proposal to create an internal law will be discussed with more than 10 political party members next Monday at a monthly meeting that he will chair.

“We will have this meeting to prevent problems that can lead to the removal of other members. We don’t want to have this problem happening again.

“In terms of administration work, we have to make an internal law that we all must respect in order not to affect the honour of the supreme council or harm the reputation of Samdach (Hun Sen),” Sonando told The Post on Thursday.

Acting head of state Say Chhum on Monday terminated Vathana Sabung, the president of the Khmer Rise Party from the Council following a request by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Sonando said the meeting would discuss the removal of Vathana Sabung. The goal is only to discuss mistakes that happened in the past and to correct them so other members of the Council can continue their activities smoothly.

“It is clear that the removal of Vathana Sabung from his position has ‘influenced’ other members in doing their jobs. So that’s why I have to have this internal law,” he said.

The proposal, he said, was just a request from him as the rotating chair leading the monthly meeting. But he expects it will be supported by members of the other parties.

Council member and Cambodian Nationality Party president Seng Sokheng told The Post on Thursday that he had not yet received the meeting agenda.

However, he said he understands that a proposal to create an internal law will certainly not be possible because the institution’s role is just to monitor law enforcement.

“The performance of the Council is in accordance with the law. If every member of the fulfils his duties, I don’t think there is anything to worry about. The supreme council’s job is to work with the government to eliminate irregularities,” Sokheng said.

Khmer Power Party president Soung Sophorn also said on Thursday that the Council has many laws that already state their mission clearly, so proposing further legislation would not be possible.

But as president of a political party, he said he supported all laws made to benefit the people.

Council secretariat head Chhim Phal Virun told The Post that the monthly meeting is under the authority of each rotating chair who is entitled to set the agenda and deadlines they want.

“This is the right of the rotating chair because an institution has to have a chairman. The head of the secretariat is just the administrative position to convene the meeting,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Restrictions re-imposed in capital as Covid cases surge

    Amid the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has shown no sign of subsiding with 750 infections and 10 deaths reported on June 2 alone, the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has decided to re-impose the suspension of all occupations and business activities deemed as posing high risk of

  • Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville expressway 51% complete

    The construction of the nearly $2 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway is 51.35 per cent complete and is expected to be finished in 2023, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport secretary of state Vasim Sorya. Invested in by Cambodian PPSHV Expressway Co Ltd, the first expressway in

  • First 7-Eleven store to open mid-June, ambassador says

    Thai retail conglomerate CP All Pcl will open Cambodia’s first 7-Eleven convenience store in mid-June, Cambodian ambassador to Thailand Ouk Sorphorn told The Post on June 1. The Bangkok-listed 7-Eleven franchise operator, the retail arm of Charoen Pokphand Group Co Ltd, granted CP All (Cambodia)

  • With herd immunity likely in 2022, is Cambodia ready to reopen for tourism?

    The government aims to inoculate 80 per cent of the target population by June next year, giving it a head start among regional peers to reboot the sector but first, it has to do a few things to up its game A sign on a glass

  • US embassy guard gets Covid despite two doses of Pfizer jab

    The Covid-19 tracking commission on June 4 said a security guard at the US embassy in Phnom Penh had contracted the novel coronavirus, despite having received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot two weeks ago. Embassy spokesperson Chad Roedemeier confirmed the SARS-CoV-2 infection to The

  • US wants 'full access' to Ream Naval Base

    On June 11, the US embassy's Defense Attaché Colonel Marcus M Ferrara visited Ream Nava Base in coordination with Cambodian officials following the recent approval of Prime minister Hun Sen to allay the concerns on Chinese military presence at the base as raised by US Deputy