King Norodom Sihamoni on Saturday appointed Im Chhun Lim as president of the Kingdom’s top judicial institution, the Constitutional Council of Cambodia, a day after he was re-elected to the post by its members.
The CCC comprises of nine members, three appointed by the National Assembly, three by the Supreme Council of Magistracy and three by the King.
Mr Chhun Lim, a former Minister of Land Management was first elected as president of the CCC in 2016.
On Saturday, King Sihamoni issued a royal decree to officially appoint him as the president of the Constitutional Council for a three-year term, until 2022.
In the decree, the King also instructed the Supreme Council of Magistracy, Senate, National Assembly and the government to implement the appointment immediately.
Mr Chhun Lim on Friday was re-elected as president by council members at the CCC office in Phnom Penh.
In his post-election speech, he expressed his commitment to respect the constitution and CCC’s internal regulations in order to protect the Kingdom’s constitutional monarchy, rule of law and development.
He also said that during his previous mandate, CCC underwent reform in financial management, strengthened the abilities of officials at its secretariat and built good relationships with other countries in the world.
On Friday, CCC also replaced three members who ended a nine-year mandate. They were replaced by Hy Sophea, who was nominated by the Supreme Council of Magistracy, Ly Vuochleng, by the National Assembly and Keo Puth Rasmey who was nominated by the King.
Political analyst Lao Mong Hay yesterday said the CCC presidency is an important job.
“The presidency of the Constitutional Council is among the highest public offices in the Kingdom,” he said. “So far, the position has mostly been reserved for well trusted high ranking officials of the ruling party towards the end of their career, regardless of whether they professionally deserve it or not.”