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National Assembly Approves Law on State of Emergency

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The National Assembly’s 115 lawmakers this morning casted unanimous votes of approval for the draft law on “state of emergency”.

The law, which comes amid the increasing cases of coronavirus infections in Cambodia, consists of five chapters and 12 articles and is based on the new Article 22 of the constitution. It noted when the government declares the state of emergency, it would have the right to impose several measures, including the prohibition or restriction of freedom of movement, right to freedom of gathering of people and work or occupation.

“Putting the country in the state of emergency have to be done when the nation is facing dangers caused by war or foreign invasion, pandemic, chaos in social security and pubic order, as well as all disasters which can cause nationwide hazards,” said a letter from the National Assembly’s Information department.

The draft law had been fast-tracked for approval, skipping the Council of Ministers deliberation. Since King Norodom Sihamoni left for a medical checkup in China earlier this month, Acting Head of State Say Chhum is expected to sign on behalf of the King.

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