CNRP Won’t Boycott Assembly This Week

The opposition CNRP will not boycott the next sitting of the National Assembly on Wednesday morning and will participate in debate on a number of draft laws, including one on animal health and production, a spokesman for the party said on Monday.

The CNRP has boycotted parliament for the past two months, citing safety fears following an October 26 assault on two of its lawmakers outside the Assembly, but opposition leader Sam Rainsy said last week that future boycotts would be on a case-by-case basis.

CNRP spokesman Yem Ponhearith said that the party’s five parliamentary standing committee members attended a meeting of the committee on Monday and decided against boycotting Wednesday’s session.

“The CNRP lawmakers who are the leaders of [parliamentary] commissions agreed to participate in the Permanent Committee meeting, and we then will join in the next plenary session on the 16th.”

Six opposition senators also ended their boycott on Monday, attending a Senate meeting to pass the new statistics law, according to Senator Teav Vannol.

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