Opposition plans to boycott parliament

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CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay. KT/Mai Vireak

Opposition lawmakers are to boycott the National Assembly session tomorrow when parliament resumes after its three-month break.

A statement from CNRP lawmakers yesterday said that party representatives would  not attend the session but did not state why.

However, party vice-president Eng Chhay Eang, who has fled the country and is living in exile, posted on Facebook to say the National Assembly session tomorrow would discuss proposed amendments to four vital laws.

He said they included legislation on elections for the National Assembly and Senate, as well as provincial, municipal, district and commune councils.

“The meaning of the amendments to these four laws will be that seats of any party dissolved by the court will be divided between other parties based on a proportional formula stated in those laws,” he said.

National Assembly spokesman Leng Peng Long accused the CNRP of repeatedly boycotting meetings.

“They’re always boycotting meetings but it makes no difference to procedures because the CPP has enough seats to approve laws,” he said.

Mr Peng Long said the meeting tomorrow would debate four laws, including legislation on commerce and economic cooperation with the Asean region and China.

Following a permanent committee meeting at CNRP headquarters yesterday, party lawmaker Son Chhay told reporters there are now only 24 opposition lawmakers in the country, while the rest have fled overseas or are working abroad.

“I only know of three who will come back in the next few days. For the others, we don’t when they will come back,” he said.

Mr Chhay added the permanent committee discussed candidates for the Senate election due to take place on January 14.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said the ruling party does care about why the opposition party is boycotting the meeting.

“It is no obstacle because the meeting complies with the internal rules of the National Assembly and constitution,” Mr Eysan said. “It is their business that they take their salaries without working at the National Assembly.”

A spokesman for the National Assembly has confirmed that proposals to change election laws have already reached the Permanent Committee.

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