Assembly Asks Sokha to Provide ‘Clarification’

The National Assembly issued a statement on Monday calling on deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha to respond to a complaint filed by a group of students last week over audio recordings leaked online that purport to be Mr. Sokha flirting with a mistress.

“To safeguard the prestige of the National Assembly and the honor and dignity of parliamentarians, His Excellency Nguon Nhel, the acting president of the Assembly, has tasked the Assembly secretariat with forwarding this petition to Your Excellency,” the statement said.

“Please, Your Excellency, review, consider and provide clarification as requested in the petition as soon as possible.”

The students have been petitioning Mr. Sokha and various government bodies for several weeks now over the scandal, demanding that the deputy opposition leader make a public statement about his alleged infidelity.

A scuffle broke out at a CNRP forum in Pursat province on Sunday after the students arrived at the event with a megaphone and began shouting for Mr. Sokha to address the allegations.

The CNRP has adopted a policy of refusing to comment on the audio clips, calling them a distraction from upcoming elections.

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