3 HRP lawmakers joined 17 members of the CPP at a swearing-in ceremony at the Royal Palace
- From: Chim <ChimS1@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 05:20:59 -0700 (PDT)
Opposition party members sworn into National Assembly
Written by Meas Sokchea
Friday, 10 October 2008
The ceremony, presided over by the King, brings to an end speculation
that an HRP boycott would leave them out of parliament
THREE Human Rights Party lawmakers joined 17 members of the Cambodian
People's Party at a swearing-in ceremony at the Royal Palace, presided
over by King Norodom Sihamoni and two chief monks.
The HRP members included party President Kem Sokha, Yem Ponhearith and
Ou Chanrith. A fourth, Tioulong Saumura of the Sam Rainsy Party, was
expected to be sworn in but chose not to attend.
Yem Ponhearith, spokesman and secretary general of the HRP, told the
Post Thursday that the party's parliamentarians were required to be
sworn in with CPP members to get valid positions in the National
"We had previously stated that we wanted to be sworn in at a time and
place suitable for us. We achieved that," he said.
CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said his party's members at the swearing-in
were selected because they were former assembly members from previous
mandates or had been named to replace seats of CPP officials vacated
in advance of the new government.
Cheam Yeap said he could not say why Tioulong Saumura did not attend
the ceremony but said she could be sworn in alone at a future event.
He said it could be difficult to arrange because it would need the
participation of the King.
Mu Sochua, deputy secretary general of the SRP, said Tioulong Saumura
missed the event because of a busy schedule abroad.
"She did not boycott the swearing-in but was attending a meeting in
Manila. She told officials of her trip before departing and expects to
be sworn in when she returns," Mu Sochua said.
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