Political analyst Kim Sok was critical of the Supreme Consultative Council, saying it was forged to legitimize Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
Speaking to reporters in front of the Supreme Court today, Mr Sok said the ruling CPP gathered representatives of various political parties to attend the first consultation forum with the government so that they will be the government’s supporters.
“I would call the council as a stable that houses the cows. Wherever the big cow goes, the others will follow. I do not think when those political party leaders join the council, they will have a chance to speak out or raise issues directly to Mr Hun Sen,” Mr Sok said.
Mr Sok said that the creation of the council was to dissuade various political parties from protesting against the election results.
The Supreme Consultative Council is a forum Mr Hun Sen initiated to gather input from opposition parties to move the nation forward.
The council, composed of two representatives of each political party, will produce ideas that bring positive national development and will be tasked with giving feedback on draft laws.
Mr Sok was released from prison last week after serving his 18-month term jail in Prey Sar prison. He was found guilty of incitement and defamation after Mr Hun Sen’s lawyer filed lawsuit against him last year.