Hun Sen Seeks Limit on Opposition Speeches

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.


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