CPP and CNRP Officials Meet Over Assembly Rules

Interior Minister Sar Kheng and opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Thursday led their parties in talks at the National Assembly over proposed changes to the parliament’s internal rules, with both sides declining to reveal the details of what was discussed.

Speaking to reporters as the two delegations left the meeting room, Interior Ministry Secretary of State Sak Setha would say only that both sides had agreed.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng, left, and opposition leader Sam Rainsy shake hands at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Interior Minister Sar Kheng, left, and opposition leader Sam Rainsy shake hands at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh on Thursday. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“We completely agree with each other, and the remaining points are to improve the phrasing and sentences, and we have almost completely achieved that 100 percent,” he said.

Mr. Setha added that proposed changes to the law on commune elections would be discussed at a meeting next week. CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang also said the parties had agreed, but would not elaborate on what had been discussed.

“We agreed completely, and there were a few points that the leaders handed to the committee to review,” he said. Mr. Rainsy, leaving the room, said only that the meeting was an example of the value of the current political detente.

“What we did was meet and discuss and continue to show that the culture of dialogue is still alive,” Mr. Rainsy said.

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