Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - House adjourned over Chakrapong



House adjourned over Chakrapong

House adjourned over Chakrapong

T HE National Assembly's second session re-opening was forced to adjourn because

MPs disagreed on the conditions necessary for former separatist leaders Prince

Chakrapong and Sin Song to become members of parliament.

Funcinpec MP

Ahmad Yahya said: "The question of Prince Cha-krapong and Sin Song, backed by

the CPP to become MPs, was among the problems causing the session to be canceled

on April 5."

He argued: "I'm not against Chakrapong and Song but I want

to be strict on the law because there is too much pressure from the CPP who want

to insert them into the National Assembly.

"According to Untac election

law members of the constitutent assembly must be elected, Chakrapong and Song

resigned from running for the elections and are therefore not

eligible."

Song was the head of the former SOC special police division

"a-92" which UN investigators found was responsible for assassinating and

intimidating political opposition in the run-up to last year's polls.

After the election loss Chak-rapong and Song masterminded a short lived

military secession in seven eastern provinces which pressured Funcinpec to form

a coalition with the CPP.

Yahya said: "We don't want our assembly to be

a rubber-stamp assembly, we had the election because we had Untac law, without

election law we would not have had the 120 of us and without the 120 of us we

would not have had the Constitution, procedure and internal regulations which

determine parliamentary eligibility."

He added: "I will not accept a

party forcing me to act against the law. This is a matter of history, is

Cambodia ruled by regulation or by parties? All MPs must answer this

question."

"Leaders of the two parties will have to negotiate this issue

prior to the reconvening of the next assembly session, scheduled after the New

Year."

Altogether 17 Funcinpec and CPP members, backed by their parties,

are waiting to replace MPs in the current parliament.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom accepts Chinese vaccine, PM first to get jab

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said China would offer Cambodia an immediate donation of one million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by the Sinopharm company. In an audio message addressing the public on the night of January 15, he said Cambodia has accepted the offer and

  • Reeling in Cambodia’s real estate sector

    A new norm sets the scene but risks continue to play out in the background A cold wind sweeps through the streets of Boeung Trabek on an early January morning as buyers and traders engage in commerce under bright blue skies. From a distance, the

  • Hun Sen: Lakes filled in for national developments

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced continued operations to fill some lakes in Phnom Penh to create land for developments, though he is against the unrelated practice of damming rivers or blocking waterways. Speaking at the inauguration of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

  • Koh Preus upgrades 70% complete

    Initial construction of a nearly $30 million tourism infrastructure project on Preah Sihanouk province’s Koh Preus Island is “about 70 per cent complete”, according to an official with the developer. Heng Thou, construction site manager of Angela Real Estate Co Ltd (ARE), told The Post that

  • Local media loses a giant, and The Post a great friend

    Cheang Sokha, a gifted and streetwise reporter who rose to the highest ranks of Cambodian media and was beloved for his sharp intelligence, world-class humour and endless generosity, died on Friday in his hometown of Phnom Penh. He was 42. His wife, Sok Sophorn, said he

  • Cambodia, India agree to start direct flights, tourism exchanges

    Cambodia and India have agreed to start direct flight connections and promote closer tourism exchanges and cooperation in all areas after the Covid-19 saga comes to a close. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Cambodian Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and newly-minted Indian