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New government to be formed on Sept 6, Hun Sen says

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Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to about 18,000 garment workers in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon city today. Photo Supplied.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said today that a new government is scheduled to be formed early next month after he has discussed with legal officials and met with the King.

Speaking to about 18,000 garment workers in Kampong Speu province’s Chbar Mon city today, Mr Hun Sen said that after discussing with president of Constitutional Council of Cambodia and chairman of the National Election Committee, he asked King Norodom Sihamoni to change a date to open the National Assembly’s first session on September 5 instead of September 19.

Photo: Facebook/Hun Sen

“I would like to send the message to all Cambodian people that I met the King yesterday, asking him to change a date to open the National Assembly’s session and to form a new government,” he said.

He said that the King will preside over the National Assembly’s opening in the morning on September 5.

“The National Assembly’s opening session will take place on September 5 and elected lawmakers will take oaths in the evening,” Mr Hun Sen said.

“The heads of the National Assembly will be elected on Thursday, September 6 and a new government will be created, too. The government will take oaths in the evening,” he said.

“The first meeting of the Council of Ministers will take place on Friday morning, September 7,” he said. “This is a specific date.”

Mr Hun Sen said on Monday he wanted a new government to be created as early as possible to facilitate his attendance at the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of the new government since Cambodia will play the role as vice chairman of the United Nations this year.

According to the NEC’s preliminary results, the CPP secured roughly 4.8 million votes, dwarfing the two closest competitors – Funcinpec party with 373,526 votes and the League for Democratic Party with 308,292 votes.

Based on its own calculations, the CPP said it secured all 125 parliamentary seats after garnering 77.36 percent of all valid ballots.

The NEC is scheduled to announce its preliminary results on August 11.

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