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State of emergency law is imminent

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Prime Minister Hun Sen leads a closed door inter-ministerial meeting at Peace Palace. Fresh News

The government said today the state of emergency draft law will be forwarded directly to the National Assembly without the need of the Council of Ministers to approve amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday the government will convene a special meeting to work on the draft for the state of emergency on Friday before forwarding it to the National Assembly.

However, according to an outcome of a close door inter-ministerial meeting led by Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Peace Palace today, which was released late tonight, said the draft law will be forwarded to the National Assembly soon.

It said the law was designated based on Article 22 of the Constitution which states: “When the nation faces danger, the King shall make a proclamation to the people putting the country in a state of emergency after agreement with the Prime Minister and the President of the National Assembly and President of the Senate.”

It noted the law is aimed to protect security, public order, properties, environment, life and health of the people.

“This draft law will be sent to the legislative body for approval without a cabinet meeting,” it said.

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