Senate Passes Two Laws; Opposition Boycotts

Forty-six senators from the ruling CPP on Monday unanimously ap­proved the 2016 national budget and the telecommunications law in the absence of 10 boycotting senators from the opposition Sam Rain­sy Party (SRP), according to a press re­lease.

The laws were unanimously passed by 66 lawmakers in a CPP-only sitting of the National As­sembly on November 30, with the op­position CNRP’s 55 lawmakers boy­cotting the session in protest of re­cent physical and political attacks on the party.

The Senate press re­lease said that the 46 CPP members present at Monday’s sitting ap­proved the laws.

SRP Senator Chep Kim Eng said the opposition boy­cotted the vote in line with the boycott of the National Assembly by the CNRP.

“The ap­proval at the National Assembly was done by one party’s lawmakers while the CNRP boycotted the session, so we think that these laws, which were approved by the lawmakers of one political party, don’t re­flect the principles of democracy,” he said.

“So we boycotted the session today.”

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