The next five years will see another power-sharing agreement in the Cabinet and the ministries of Defense and Interior, as Funcinpec and the CPP continue to discuss the ownership of four other top ministries.
Agreements on the co-chairs for Defense, Interior and the Cabinet are final, officials confirmed Monday.
In a plan that CPP spokesman Khieu Kanharith said was suggested “by Funcinpec in some areas and in other areas by the CPP,” Funcinpec would receive the ministries of Information and Justice, and the CPP would receive the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance.
Khieu Kanharith and Funcinpec steering committee member Ahmad Yahya confirmed that the CPP had offered the Information and Justice ministries to Funcinpec to take the onus off the CPP for criticism that the government-controlled media and the courts were heavily biased toward the CPP over the last five years.
“They want to put the burden on us, so if Mr Hun Sen or the CPP have these two ministries, they have to give us real reform,” Ahmad Yahya said.
Both parties also confirmed that on Monday they made appointments to three working groups set to hammer out details of separate agreements that emerged from the summit Thursday and Friday chaired by King Norodom Sihanouk.
Under the terms that emerged from the surprise two-day summit, Funcinpec will support a parliamentary vote of confidence for Hun Sen as prime minister, CPP President Chea Sim will preside over a soon-to-be created Senate, and Funcinpec President Prince Norodom Ranariddh will chair the National Assembly.
Prince Ranariddh and Hun Sen will meet Nov 25 to finalize the Cabinet before the proposal goes to the National Assembly, said Ahmad Yahya.
Khieu Kanharith also said appointments to ministry top jobs must be made before the Cabinet proposal goes to the Assembly.