December 22, 2013

Cambodian opposition supporters protest against PM Hun Sen   2013-12-22

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- An estimated 20,000 supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) took to the streets in capital Phnom Penh Sunday afternoon to call on Prime Minister Hun Sen to hold a reelection or to step down following allegations of serious irregularities during the July election.

The protests, led by CNRP President Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha, entered the eighth day and seemed the largest-ever marching in the capital since the July election.

"We will not stop our protests if our demand is not met," Kem Sokha told the rally at the Freedom Park before starting marching. "I would like to appeal to all protesters to stick to the nonviolent principle during marching."

Sam Rainsy said "political tsunami has started in Cambodia."

Protesters, who are expected to march around 20 km through streets in the capital Sunday afternoon, waved flags and shouted in chorus "Hun Sen must step down."

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday that he would neither step down nor call a reelection because he has done nothing wrong.

"I have ascended to the prime minister through the constitution. If I descend, it will also be through the constitution," he said. "Therefore, I confirm that there is no reelection because no one can dissolve the National Assembly and no mechanism states about a snap election before the end of the term."

According to Article 78 of the country's constitution, the National Assembly shall not be dissolved before the end of its five-year term, except when the royal government is twice deposed within a period of twelve months.

"So, in Cambodia, the Prime Minister, the King, and the National Assembly itself have no rights to dissolve the parliament, " he said.

The premier also warned to take legal action against protesters if they blocked highways or captured government buildings.

Political row between Hun Sen's ruling party and Sam Rainsy's opposition party has persisted since the July election results showed that the ruling party won a majority of vote with 68 parliamentary seats against 55 seats for the opposition.

The opposition refused to accept the outcome and has boycotted parliament since then.

Despite the opposition's boycott, the ruling party-formed parliament voted on Sept. 24 for the establishment of a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Editor: Hou Qiang


khmer leadership said...

ចុចអានរដ្ឋសភា​វង្វេង​ច្បាប់ រីឯ​បុរស​ខ្លាំង​បិទ​ភ្នែក​ឲ្យ​អនុក្រឹត្យ​របស់​រាជរដ្ឋាភិបាល​ក្លាយជា​ក្រដាសអនាម័យ​

ចុចអាននៅសប្ដាហ៍​ក្រោយនេះ​ យួនបានហៅ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ទៅចាក់ថ្នាំ!!

Anonymous said...

And then??????????????????

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Anonymous said...

The Chinese reporter can't count!

Anonymous said...

Go ahead, who go first to ទាញទំលាក់???

Anonymous said...

PATOKAMM till today still cannot find Hun Sen's house... Hopeless...incredible.

Anonymous said...

យើងចាំទេ កាលពីមុន រាស្ត្រក្រីក្រធ្វើបាតុកម្ម កាន់ លើករូបថត ហ៊ុន សែន ប៊ុន រ៉ានី សុំឲ្យវាជួយ តែវាធ្វើខ្វាក់មិនឃើញ ធ្វើថ្លង់មិនឮ ធ្វើគមិននិយាយ ធ្វើងោះមិនដឹងឣី។ វាជួយម្តេចកើត បើវាជាឣ្នកសុីញ៉េឲ្យគេនោះ។
ដល់ឥឡូវ រាស្ត្រដដែល ធ្វើបាតុកម្ម ជេរវា បណ្តេញវាវិញហើយ។ ឣត់ឣង្វរវាទៀតទេ។ ឣត់កាន់រូបថតវាទៀតទេ។ ឣត់មាន សម្តេចឣាចម៍គោ ឣីទៀតទេ។