Prime Minister Hun Sen today said hundreds of former opposition CNRP members could have a ban on political activity lifted until they make an individual request.
Speaking to thousands of garment workers in Kampong Speu province’ Samrong Tong district, Mr Hun Sen said that each politician barred from politics by the Supreme Court’s verdict has to submit requests to Interior Minister Sar Kheng or directly to him.
“After the Law is amended and comes into force, I will wait to receive the applications from individual politician, not from a political party,” he said, “Each person sends a request via Interior Minister or directly to me.”
“Please don’t be confused. First, the amendment is not for any political party, but for an individual. Second, the application is prepared by an individual and is not under the name of a political party,” he said.
“A person is granted rehabilitation by the King under one Royal Decree, and the request is initiated by the Prime Minister,” Mr Hun Sen said.
The National Assembly will hold a plenary session on Thursday to amend the Law on Political Parties by inserting a paragraph into article 45 of the law so that anyone banned by the Supreme Court from doing politics, standing for election or joining any political parties will have their rights restored.
The proposed amendment said “any persons, who are banned by the court from doing political activities, will be granted their full rights to do politics after passing the validity of the ban defined by the Supreme Court’s verdict or in case those persons are granted rehabilitation by the King according to requests by the Prime Minister and Interior Minister”.