Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said he would like to see a limit on how long opposition politicians can attack him in the National Assembly.
Speaking at a ceremony at the Chup rubber plantation in Kompong Cham province, which was broadcast on Bayon radio, Hun Sen said he took offense at the Sam Rainsy Party for asking why he named so many schools after himself.
“Some people who criticize me put their name on their political party,” Hun Sen said without directly referring to the opposition leader. “Mister Liar, if you are not happy, take down the signs. It’s not me who put them up. It’s the people.”
Warming to the subject, the premier said he would tell CPP General Secretary Say Chhun to meet with National Assembly President Prince Norodom Ranariddh and suggest that the amount of time a party could spend speaking in the Assembly be proportional to the percentage of its elected members.
Hun Sen said he wanted state television to continue airing National Assembly sessions “just to show the audience how badly [the opposition] lies.”
There were no arguments Monday in the National Assembly. Only 81 members attended, five fewer than a quorum.
Outside the National Assembly, however, Sam Rainsy did criticize the government for what he called “foot dragging” on the Khmer Rouge tribunal draft law. The draft has been held up for more than two months. A reference to the death penalty, which is unconstitutional, must be deleted.