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Senate adopts Political Parties law amendment

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Senators approved article 45 of the law. Chor Sokunthea

The Senate today adopted an amendment to the Law on Political Parties that could pave the way for hundreds of banned former opposition members to re-enter the political arena.

Senate president Say Chhum and 56 senators approved article 45 of the law. More than 100 former opposition lawmakers barred from doing politics for five years will see their ban lifted.

Senator Chhay Vanna said that he supported the amendment to Political Parties Law to guarantee national unity.

“The amendment complies with the rule of law and strengthens the spirit of national unity and multi-party democracy in our Kingdom,” Mr Vanna said.

The new paragraph says: “Any persons who are banned by the court from doing political activities will be granted their full rights to do politics after passing the validity of the ban defined by the Supreme Court’s verdict or in case those persons are granted rehabilitation by the King according to requests by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister.”

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