King’s Cabinet Chief Says Rainsy Letter Not Insulting

Oum Daravuth, the chief of King Norodom Sihamoni’s Cabinet, released a statement Monday saying that opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s letter to the King last week was incorrect, but did not insult the King’s dignity.

In his statement, Mr. Daravuth describes as “not right” Mr. Rainsy’s claim that the National Assembly was convened with only the ruling CPP.

He says that the CNRP’s 55 lawmakers-elect were also invited to sit but declined to do so. Mr. Daravuth concludes, however, that Mr. Rainsy’s letter was not insulting to the King.

“Regarding the words that Mr. Sam Rainsy informed the King via his letter, I believe that it doesn’t badly affect the King’s dignity and reputation,” he wrote.

The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen released a number of statements over the weekend accusing Mr. Rainsy of insulting the King by appearing to rebuke his convening of the CPP-only National Assembly.

It has also threatened to try him on charges that could see him imprisoned for 13 months.

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