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CNRP leaders face loss of salary

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Members of the opposition CNRP after being sworn in after the 2013 election. KT/Mai Vireak

Fifty-five opposition CNRP lawmakers will immediately lose their salaries if the party is dissolved by the Supreme Court tomorrow.

CNRP commune representatives will also be cut off if the party is dissolved.

Opposition representatives at all levels will have to forfeit their state-provided office materials and cars, while their assistants will also be out of jobs.

National Assembly spokesman Leng Peng Long said yesterday that if the Supreme Court dissolves the party tomorrow, all of the above will take place straight away without any chance of appeal.

“For the salary of the CNRP’s lawmakers, it will be cut off completely, but we have to wait for the court’s decision first,” he said.

The court is hearing the case against the opposition tomorrow following complaints filed by Funcinpec and the Cambodian Youth Party in the wake of CNRP leader Kem Sokha’s arrest on treason charges.

Mr Peng Long said that state materials will have to be forfeited by the lawmakers to be kept for use by their replacements.

“The National Assembly has never cut the salaries of CNRP lawmakers in the past, despite when parliamentarians boycotted meetings,” Mr Peng Long added.

Deputy secretary-general of the National Assembly and CNRP lawmaker Ket Khy said he is awaiting the court’s decision.

“The most important thing at this time is that we are still waiting for the actual decision of the court,” he said. “We have not resigned. We will follow the process based on the court’s decision.”

The director-general of the ministry’s general department of administration Prak Sam Oeun said that according to the Law on Political Parties, representatives and candidates are no longer valid once their party is dissolved and removed from the voting list.

“In Cambodia, the electoral process is proportional; the people vote for the political parties, so when the party is dissolved, the party candidates are dissolved as well,” he said.

There are 5,007 CNRP commune councillors and nearly 500 commune chiefs.

The vacated seats must be filled within 14 days of the party being dissolved, he added.

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