55 CNRP Lawmakers-elect to Take Oaths Tuesday

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King Norodom Sihamoni after inaugurating the National Assembly on 23 September 2013. Reuters

PHNOM PENH, August 5, (Khmer Times) – Fifty-five Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) parliamentarians-elect are to be sworn in Tuesday at 16:00 at the Royal Palace.
 
CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann confirmed to the Khmer Times that his party’s parliamentarian members-elect will go to the Royal Palace Tuesday, and will join the National Assembly August 7.
 
Monday morning, CNRP president Sam Rainsy sent an official letter to Heng Samrin, president of the National Assembly, requesting the expedient swearing-in of his 55 lawmakers-elect. The Secretariat of the National Assembly sent an official letter to the Royal Palace in response to Mr. Rainsy’s request.
 
After the agreement to end the political deadlock was reached on July 22, both parties formed three technical work-groups. 
 
Their purpose was to draft constitutional and bylaw amendments regarding the National Assembly, and electoral reforms. 
 
The date for the oath-taking was set after the work-groups reached an agreement.
 
Last September, King Norodom Sihamoni inaugurated the National Assembly with only 68 CPP parliamentarians present. Many seats remained empty as  CNRP lawmakers boycotted the National Assembly, claiming the national election to be fraudulent.
 
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said in a Facebook posting that the opposition would take their seats in parliament on Thursday.

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