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Government deal seems imminent

Government deal seems imminent

Sixty percent for CPP, 40 percent for Funcinpec. CPP controls 16 ministries, Funcinpec

10.

This was the power-sharing proposed by the ruling CPP party after top-level talks

between the two main parties last night.

Funcinpec is going to consider the offer and resume discussions on June 7.

Despite there being no agreement to coalesce, there was confidence by both parties

that a government would be formed by the end of June.

The Sam Rainsy Party's share of the Funcinpec seats depends on further discussions

between them.

CPP spokesman Khieu Kanharith said the power sharing was based on the election result

nearly 12 months ago.

It was only the second time that caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen and Funcinpec's

Prince Norodom Ranariddh had met for personal talks during the stalemate, at Ranariddh's

home.

After a four-hour closed-door meeting Prak Sokhon, CPP spokesman, told reporters

that the two parties will encourage their working groups to resume and speed up discussions

on the procedures to form a coalition government and National Assembly.

Hun Sen said five months ago that a new coalition government and National Assembly

would be confirmed in a single-vote "package vote", because he said he

did not trust the Sam Rainsy Party and Funcinpec to support his candidacy as Prime

Minister once the National Assembly was formed.

The German Ambassador, Helmut Ohlraun, said on May 26 that the two leaders should

take responsibility for the country's welfare and put aside personal and party interests.

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