King to preside over opening of parliament

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King Sihamoni.

The National Assembly issued a statement on Monday saying King Norodom Sihamoni will preside over its opening session on September 5, with the presence of dignitaries, ambassadors and representatives of civil society organisations.

“After the opening session, Heng Samrin will validate the status of lawmakers and will adopt parliament’s internal rules,” the statement added.

The National Assembly will vote to elect its president, vice president and heads of commissions, and give a vote of confidence for a new government the next day, it said.

After the formation of the new government, the first Council of Ministers meeting is expected to be held on September 7.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said earlier this month that the new government should be formed prior to his attendance at the United Nations General Assembly in mid-September.

King Sihamoni. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Former opposition lawmaker Ou Chanrath said yesterday that the government’s formation does not change the fact that the election was neither free nor fair.

“His Majesty will attend the opening session to recognise the validity of parliament,” Mr Chanrath said. “But for me and the international community, the election remains neither free nor fair.”

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said that Cambodia is not concerned by condemnation from western countries.

“It does not matter if one or two countries do not recognise the legitimacy of the election,” Mr Eysan said. “There are more than ten countries that do recognise the election.”

According to official National Election Committee results, the ruling CPP secured all 125 National Assembly seats.

The ruling CPP dominated all other parties by garnering 4,889,113 votes, or 77.36 percent of all valid ballots.

The three closest competitors were Funcinpec with 374,510 votes, the League for Democracy Party with 309,364 votes, and the Khmer Will Party with 212,869 votes.

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