King Norodom Sihanouk has requested he be removed from his position as head of the
highest judicial body in the land. In an open letter on July 16, the King said of
the much-maligned Supreme Council of Magistracy: "I cannot be responsible for
the weakness and lack of a judicial system in Cambodia." To approve the request
would require an amendment to the Constitution, with two-thirds of the members of
both the lower and upper houses voting in favor.