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NA’s permanent committee to approve two senators

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The National Assembly is slated to approve the appointment of two senators from the royalist Funcinpec party on Monday to fill in the new 62-seat Senate that will convene its first session at the end of this month.

Leng Peng Long, spokesman of the National Assembly, said that the National Assembly’s permanent committee approved two qualified candidates after shortlisting them from 12.

“All candidates are not based on what political parties they belonged to,” Mr Peng Long said, noting that candidates could be civil servants or members of the public.

Mr Peng Long said that the National Assembly is scheduled to adopt the appointment during its plenary session on Monday. The names of the two senators were not publicly released.

But Swift News reported yesterday that the two senators included Chea Chantevy and Suon Mean from the Funcinpec party.

Nhep Bunchin, spokesman for the Funcinpec party, confirmed that two Funcinpec officials applied to be senators, but declined to reveal their names.

Mam Bun Neang, spokesman of the Senate, said yesterday that the Senate will hold its first session on April 23 presided over by King Norodom Sihamoni.

“The Senate will hold its first session on the morning of April 23 and on the same day in the afternoon, all senators will go to swear in at the Royal Palace,” said Mr Bun Neang.

According to the official Senate election results issued by the National Election Committee on March 4, the CPP received 11,202 votes, Funcinpec received 276, the Khmer National United Party received 182 and the Cambodian Youth Party received three.

The CPP scooped up all 58 Senate seats up for grabs. Four remaining seats are filled by appointments made by the King and the National Assembly.

King Sihamoni has already appointed two senators, Princess Norodom Arun Rasmy, an advisor to the King, and Oum Somanine, an official working at the Royal Palace.

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