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CCC to debate State of Emergency draft law tomorrow

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Justice Minister Keut Rith defences the State of Emergency Law during the CCC meeting. Justice Ministry

The Constitutional Council of Cambodia is due to debate the “State of Emergency” law during its session tomorrow after the Senate had adopted it.

The law was unanimously adopted by the National Assembly and the Senate in the past weeks.

CCC’s Secretary General Taing Ratana said today that Council president Im Chhun Lim will hold a session tomorrow to “examine and deliberate” the draft law.

Mr Ratana said the CCC’s nine members will make a final decision whether the draft law violates the Constitution before sending it to King Norodom Sihamoni for approval.

He said since the law was considered as “urgency”, it will take effect immediately following the King’s signature.

Mr Ratana said that the law can be applied only after the King declares the “State of Emergency” with agreement from the prime minister and presidents of legislative bodies.

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said today that Justice Minister Keut Rith met with the Council on Friday to defend the law.

“The Ministry hopes that the Constitutional Council of Cambodia will support this draft law because we have enough legal basics to prepare this law. We make it in compliance with national and International law,” Mr Malin said.

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