Aides Defend Senate Motives Of Chea Sim

Advisers to Chea Sim insisted Thursday that a November coalition agreement, not the CPP president’s wish for a prestigious post,  requires creation of the Senate.

“To be the president of the Senate is a part of the agreement which needs to be implemented,” said Chea Sim’s Cabinet chief, Oum Sarith. “It is not at all be­cause Samdech Chea Sim in­tends to be the president of the Senate.”

Chea Sim is slated to preside over the proposed body, the creation of which pro-democracy activists have said is unconstitutional and an excuse to give a face-saving job to the former Na­tional Assembly president.

Also, King Norodom Si­hanouk in a Wednesday fax asked Prime Minister Hun Sen, acting Head of State Prince Noro­dom Ranariddh and acting As­sembly President Heng Sam­rin to “seriously consider” the opposition’s call for a referendum on the Senate.


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