Cambodia’s One-Party Parliament Approves Expansion of Councilor Positions With Eye on Opposition

Cambodia’s rubber stamp parliament on Thursday approved draft laws to increase the number of local level government positions, after Prime Minister Hun Sen suggested such legislation would encourage opposition officials whose party he had dissolved to defect to his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

Leng Peng Long, the spokesman for the one-party National Assembly, told RFA’s Khmer Service that CPP lawmakers unanimously voted in favor of draft laws amending the administrative management of the capital, provinces, municipalities and districts, and passed them on to the Senate, where they are likely to be approved before being signed into law by King Norodom Sihamoni.

Ruling party lawmakers Cheam Yeap and Hun Neang had said in a proposal for the draft laws that current laws were put into place in 2008 and no longer reflect the needs of Cambodia’s changing electorate.

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