Cambodian Lawmakers Approve Amendment to Political Party Law

The 66 lawmakers, who were present at the National Assembly (NA)’s extraordinary session held here this morning, voted for the proposed amendment of the Political Party Law adopted since Oct. 28, 1997.

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen also attended the session chaired by NA President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin.

Under this amended law, any individual who is convicted of a crime or who is a prisoner cannot become the president and vice-president of a political party. If the leader of a political party committed a serious offence, that political party could be dissolved, and the political rights of the party’s management are suspended for a certain period of time.

Many political parties have been registered at the Ministry of Interior, but only 8 of them participated in the national election in July 2013. Those political parties included the Cambodian Nationality Party (C.N.P); FUNCIPEC; Republican Democracy Party (RDP); Cambodian People’s Party (CPP); Khmer Anti-Poverty Party (K.A.P.P); Khmer Economic Development Party (KEDP); Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP); and League for Democracy Party (LPP).

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press