The cabinet met on Friday, May 10, to discuss, draft, and approve new statutes. These measures will affect the composition of the Council of Ministers, the appointment procedure for secretaries of state, and the modalities for granting or revoking Cambodian citizenship.
A revision of the out-dated law on the organization of the Council of Ministers (from 1994) follows March’s constitutional change which allowed the appointment of secretaries of state by royal decree without ratification by the National Assembly.
The old statute stated that the Cabinet is an executive body led by the Prime Minister, assisted by deputy prime ministers, ministers and secretaries of state. The revision lists only the Prime Minister, his deputies, and the various ministers as members of the Council of Ministers.
Council of Minister’s spokesman Phay Siphan said that the new draft law on nationality governs the granting and revoking of Cambodian citizenship, and was necessary because the old law (adopted in 1996) was considered obsolete.
He added that both laws have been approved as presented by the Cabinet.