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NA President Bans CNRP Lawmaker From Assembly, Cuts Pay

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PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – National Assembly President Heng Samrin banned opposition party lawmaker Um Sam An from entering the National Assembly for 15 sessions.
The punishment was announced following accusations that the CNRP lawmaker insulted the National Assembly (NA), where he claimed that the government body is violating the internal regulations of the assembly. Mr. Sam An also threatened to file a complaint against Mr. Samrin to the constitutional council.
The decision, signed by the National Assembly president on Friday, also cut the bonus Mr. Sam An receives as a parliamentary lawmaker by 50 percent for two months. The decision will be publicly displayed at every communal office in Siem Reap province, which Mr. Sam An represents in the NA.
“This is the decision of the standing committee of the national assembly,” said Um Sam An on Friday. “Before making such punishment, there should be warnings.”
“The ban might result in banning me from going to the National Assembly sessions for a year because the meetings sometimes skip a month,” said Mr. Sam An, adding that he would be meeting with Mr. Samrin very soon to resolve the issue.
The CNRP lawmaker criticized Mr. Samrin last week for not forwarding his letter, where he requested the government halt the border demarcation process until after the 2018 election cycle. The NA president rejected the letter and refused to send it to his superiors.

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