Ousted lawmakers vacate seats

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The former Funcinpec lawmakers who failed to retain their seats in July’s national election. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Forty-four lawmakers from three political parties lost their status yesterday in the newly-formed National Assembly after winning no seats in the July 29 national election.

Last year, the National Election Committee reallocated the dissolved CNRP’s seats to the Funcinpec party, with 41 seats, the Cambodian Nationality Party, with two seats, and the Khmer Economic Development Party which got one seat.

National Assembly secretary-general Leng Penglong said yesterday that the 44 lawmakers from Funcinpec, CNP and KEDP had their positions terminated after the new 125-seat National Assembly was formed.

“The validation of old parliamentarians was automatically terminated when the new lawmakers were validated,” Mr Penglong said.

The ruling CPP swept all 125 seats in the election and took over parliament yesterday.

Seng Sokheng, president of the Cambodian Nationality Party, said that his lawmaker status ended last month.

“My parliamentarian status was terminated in August and we really enjoyed working at the National Assembly,” Mr Sokheng said, noting that he worked for eight months and debated several laws, including a commercial law and nationality law.

He said that even though he was no longer a lawmaker, he is a member of the Supreme Consultative Council, a forum Prime Minister Hun Sen initiated after the election to gather input from other parties to move the country forward together.

“Even though we have no position at the National Assembly, we will still continue to develop our nation through the Supreme Consultative Council,” Mr Sokheng said.

Funcinpec spokesman Nop Sothearith said that all Funcinpec lawmakers no longer worked at the National Assembly.

“Now they return to work for the party because we have no seats at the National Assembly,” Mr Sothearith said.

Hang Puthea, spokesman for the National Election Committee, said the NEC’s members from Funcinpec and the Cambodian Nationality Party will still work for the NEC for the next six months.

“We don’t know whether the new National Assembly will make a decision to replace them,” Mr Puthea said.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said they will not lose their NEC spots.

“They will not lose their positions because they resigned from their parties to work at the independent institution,” Mr Eysan said.

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