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Law against insulting the king in the works

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It could soon be a crime to insult the king. KT/Mai Vireak

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the Council of Ministers would hold a meeting today to prepare amendments to the constitution and the penal code to create laws against insulting the king.

Mr Hun Sen mentioned the planned meeting yesterday during a graduation ceremony and the inauguration of the engineering building at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia.

The creation of laws against insulting the king follow comments made by former deputy prime minister Lu Lay Sreng last year, who compared the king to a castrated rooster and was charged with defamation.

Other planned amendments to the constitution include changes to help slim down the Cabinet after July’s general election.

Officials holding the position of secretary of state will no longer be members of the Cabinet once the amendments are made.

Political analyst Lao Mong Hay said any constitutional amendments made were not valid because the National Assembly lost its constitutionality after the CNRP was dissolved.

“The National Assembly today is no longer legitimate, so making any constitutional amendments is also unconstitutional,” he said.

However, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said all amendments would be carefully considered to ensure they are constitutional.

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