Cambodian parliament holds plenary session after 3-month recess

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/12 13:34:03

The Cambodia's National Assembly began its ninth plenary session of the fifth legislature on Thursday after a three-month recess.

Sixty-seven lawmakers of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), including Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, attended the session, as all lawmakers of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) boycotted it in protest against the arrest last month of its leader Kem Sokha, who was charged with "treason."

King Norodom Sihamoni sent a royal message to mark the opening session, praising the legislative body for working well to serve the nation and people of Cambodia.

"I hope that the National Assembly, which represents the Cambodian people, will continue to settle challenges to ensure a solid society with peace and prosperity," said the king's message read during the session by National Assembly President Heng Samrin.

In the message, the monarch also admired Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen for his tireless efforts in ensuring political stability, security, social order, and sustainable socio-economic development.

According to the schedule, the National Assembly will debate and pass several draft laws, including a draft law on anti-dumping.

The National Assembly comprises 123 lawmakers: 68 from the ruling CPP and 55 from the opposition CNRP.

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