Xinhua | 2013-8-2
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday that there will be no
political deadlock for the establishment of the upcoming new parliament
"According to the constitution, a new government
will be formed by a 50-percent plus one majority, or 63 lawmakers, in
the new National Assembly," he said when he visited some farmers in
southern Kandal province.
He said his Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won an absolute majority vote in the Sunday election.
CPP won 68 parliamentary seats in the poll and the opposition Cambodia
National Rescue Party (CNRP) of recently- pardoned leader Sam Rainsy got
the remaining 55 seats, according to the initial unofficial results.
will no deadlock for the new parliament and new government," he said."I
will be the prime minister for the fifth five-year term government."
premier said a new National Assembly will be convened by His Majesty
Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, no later than 60 days after the
"Any political parties do not attend the opening
session of the new parliament, it means that they are against the King
and abandon their parliamentary seats, so their seats will be given to
other parties that have seats in parliament," he said.
remarks came after some political analysts said that the opening of the
new parliament needs a quorum of at least 120 out of the 123 elected
lawmakers, and they commented that a new government will probably be
delayed if the opposition lawmakers boycott the opening of the new
Hun Sen said that the parliament needs
two-thirds majority, or 83 lawmakers, only for the amendment of
constitution or the passage of NGO law, or the strip of lawmaker's
Under the constitution, the National Assembly consists of at least 120 members.
said the number of at least 120 lawmakers is the size of the National
Assembly, which does not mean that at least 120 members are required to
attend the opening ceremony of the new parliament.
Meanwhile, the premier called for unity and solidarity among Cambodian people after the poll.
election is over, I'd like to appeal to all people with all political
tendencies to make friends with each other, don't discriminate against
each other," he said. "Politicians have disputes with each other, but
finally, they will sit together in parliament."
party leader Sam Rainsy announced Monday that the party did not
recognize the results of the Sunday poll, claiming widespread fraud, and
submitted a request to the National Election Committee (NEC) to demand
for the establishment of an independent committee to investigate
irregularities during the election.
It is unknown if the opposition party will boycott the upcoming National Assembly session.
Sen said that the government and the CPP will welcome any existing NEC
mechanism, which allows the participation from political parties,
national and international NGOs, and UN experts in order to look into
the alleged irregularities.
Hun Sen, who has been in power for 28 years, will extend his power by another five years following Sunday's victory.
winning the victory in the election, the results are a blow to the
ruling CPP as its seats has dropped from 90 in the election in 2008 to
68 in the Sunday poll, while the opposition CNRP's seats have seen a
dramatic rise from 29 seats to 55 seats.