Cambodian King appoints Hun Sen as Prime Minister for new five-year termSouce:Xinhua Publish By Joseph A. Cambra Updated 23/09/2013 9:13 pm in World / no comments
Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on Monday appointed incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen as the prime minister for the new five-year-term government after his ruling party won the July 28 election, according to a royal decree.
“The Prime Minister of Cambodia has duties to prepare the members of the Cambodian government in order to ask for the adoption of confidence from the National Assembly,” said the royal decree.
In response to the appointment, Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked the king and vowed to put all his efforts to fulfill his duties in order to serve the nation and the people.
The premier said that he would submit the members of the new government to the dean of the parliament on Tuesday in order to ask for the adoption of confidence.
According to the official schedule, Hun Sen will be sworn in for another five-year term on Tuesday.
The appointment came after King Norodom Sihamoni presided over the opening session of the fifth legislature of the National Assembly, which was attended by only the ruling party’s elected lawmakers as the opposition’s elected legislators boycotted it.
Sixty-eight elected lawmakers from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen were present at the opening session, while all the 55 legislators from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of long-time opposition leader Sam Rainsy did not attend it.
The opposition CNRP boycotted the session since it did not recognize the results of the July 28 parliamentary election, claiming serious vote fraud and demanding the formation of an independent poll probe committee, but the CPP rejected the request, saying the move was against the country’s constitution and the election results were already ratified.
The CNRP issued a statement on Monday, saying that the new parliament was the one-party parliament and did not represent the whole Cambodian people.
“It is completely contrary to the principle of multi-party liberal democratic regime,” it said.
However, according to the country’s constitution, a new government would be formed by a 50 percent plus one majority, or 63 lawmakers, in the new parliament.