The National Assembly yesterday elected two senators from the royalist Funcinpec party to fill in the new 62-seat Senate that is due to convene its first session at the end of this month.
The lawmakers voted in Chea Chantevy and Suon Mean, both members of Funcinpec, as new senators.
National Assembly President Heng Samrin said that Ms Chantevy received 104 votes while Mr Mean also received 104 votes.
Ms Chantevy and Mr Mean showed up for the National Assembly’s plenary session yesterday morning. Mr Mean declined to comment yesterday while Ms Chantevy could not be reached for comment.
King Norodom Sihamoni sent a letter yesterday to the National Assembly, hailing good cooperation between the legislative and executive bodies, as well as between international organisations and NGOs that allowed parliament to pass laws according to the country’s needs.
“I hope that the National Assembly will continue to work hard and cooperate with other top institutions to guarantee the strengthening of society with peace, political stability, security, and social order,” Mr Samrin said, quoting the King’s letter.
Mam Bun Neang, spokesman of the Senate, said last week that the Senate would hold its first session on April 23, which will be presided over by King Norodom Sihamoni.
The ruling CPP scooped up all 58 Senate seats up for grabs in February’s Senate elections. Four other Senate seats are filled by appointments made by the King and the National Assembly.
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.
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.