Roles of NA Majority and Minority Leaders Removed

The roles of majority and minority leaders of the National Assembly (NA) have been cancelled after the NA approved unanimously the proposed amendment to new Article 48 (III) of new Chapter 12 of the NA's internal regulation.

The 67/67 lawmakers who were present at the NA's extraordinary session held here this morning under the chairmanship of Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of NA, voted for the proposed amendment initiated by Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister and President of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP).

The status of "Minority Leader" and "Majority Leader" was created by the new Article 48 (III) of new Chapter 12 of the NA's internal regulation following the political consensus initiated by Samdech Techo Hun Sen and the self-exiled President of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) H.E. Sam Rainsy on Nov. 28, 2014 in the meeting between both parties' leaders on the sidelines of the 3rd session of the NA's fifth legislature.

After that, in January 2015, the NA issued a statement recognising Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and CPP Vice President as the NA majority team leader, and H.E. Sam Rainsy as the NA minority team leader. Then in December last year, H.E. Kem Sokha, Vice President of CNRP, became the minority team leader instead of his party president.

Despite the removal of those roles as the result of the amendment of the new Article 48 (III) of new Chapter 12 of the NA's internal regulation, Samdech Techo Hun Sen reaffirmed this morning that the culture of dialogue between CPP and CNRP will continue.

The culture of dialogue still exists, especially through the NA Standing Committee, underlined the Cambodian premier.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press