King Norodom Sihamoni legitimised the Supreme Consultative Council and appointed 30 representatives of 16 political parties as advisors to the government at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
According to the royal decrees issued on Thursday and Friday, 15 political party presidents’ positions are equivalent to senior ministers while positions of 15 deputy party presidents and secretary generals are equal to ministers.
The Supreme Consultative Council, a forum Mr Hun Sen initiated is formed to promote multi-party liberal democracy to gather input from political parties that contested the July’s national election to move the nation forward after the ruling CPP swept all 125 seats in parliament.
The Council is tasked with submitting petitions to the Senate over the draft laws passed by the National Assembly and providing comments to the Prime Minister for any injustice or abuses by officials.
The royal decree on the Council consists seven chapters and 21 articles that focus mainly on its tasks and responsibilities, It lasts for five years.
The Grassroots Democratic Party, Our Motherland Party, the League for Democracy Party and the Khmer Anti-Poverty Party are not listed in the Council as they refused to join.