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Declaring a state of emergency is unlikely, PM says

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Security personnel patrol in the capital.  KT

Prime Minister Hun Sen said today that declaring a state of emergency will be unlikely as COVID-19 is under control.

Speaking at a press conference in Phnom Penh today, Mr Hun Sen said that the state of emergency would not be declared if the draft is passed but the government still needs it once the situation gets out of control.

“The possibility to declare the state of emergency is 0.1 percent,” he said.

The National Assembly’s permanent committee this morning decided to send the State of Emergency draft law to an expert commission to study it before setting a date for plenary session to debate.

Mr Hun Sen said the National Assembly will debate the draft law during its plenary session on Friday.

He said that he hopes that the draft law will be adopted after the Khmer New Year celebrations.

“We really need this law in our hands,” he said.

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