Re: "In Cambodia the winning party cannot be held hostage by the losing party," Hun Sen told reporters
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- Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 07:43:47 GMT
I am sick and tired of Cambodian me-me first politicians who always put their parties and career above the people and the country
SRP will lose legislative seats: PM.
Written by Cheang Sokha and Vong Sokheng
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Hun Sen warns opposition not to boycott swearing-in of parliament
PRIME Minister Hun Sen issued a stern warning to opposition parties
Monday, saying that if they go ahead with a planned boycott of the
swearing-in of the National Assembly their salaries will be cut off
and they will lose their positions in the legislative body.
"If they ignore the swearing in, then they will not get paid," Hun Sen
told reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after a meeting with
US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.
"In Cambodia the winning party cannot be held hostage by the losing
party. If they join the swearing-in or not it is up to them, but the
ruling party will go ahead."
Hun Sen said he was unsure why the opposition had decided not to
recognise the results of the July 27 polls and emphasised that he did
not want them to throw their parliamentary seats away. He added that
his Cambodian People's Party is actively seeking replacement
candidates to take the opposition's slots in the Assembly's nine
"They cannot order the King to [hold a separate ceremony for them ...
the National Assembly has never been sworn in twice," Hun Sen said.
Sam Rainsy Party Deputy Secretary General Mu Sochua said the
opposition was not concerned by Hun Sen's warning.
"We [will still] boycott and we are not concerned about the threat,"
Mu Sochua told the Post.
"If the CPP's aim is to take our seats then, please, take control of
116 of the total 123 seats in the National Assembly [and] it will be
the CPP's National Assembly," she said, referring to the number of
seats the CPP would hold if it confiscated the SRP's 26.
On Friday, Sam Rainsy Party lawmakers wrote to King Norodom Sihamoni
requesting a separate swearing- in ceremony.
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