Amid Outbreak, Hun Sen Weighs State of Emergency Declaration

Amid the global Covid-19 outbreak, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said the government was considering declaring a state of emergency, raising concerns among some about potential civil rights restrictions.

The Health Ministry reported five new cases of the respiratory illness late Wednesday, bringing Cambodia’s total infection count since January to 96.

Speaking to an audience of volunteer health workers in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said he would need to invoke Article 22 of the Constitution to ask the king to declare a state of emergency, which also requires approval from the presidents of the ruling-party-led National Assembly and Senate.

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