Cambodian King to preside over inauguration of National Assembly

August 18, 2008 at 4:26 am Leave a comment

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni is scheduled to preside over the inauguration ceremony of the National Assembly on Sept. 24, local newspaper the Mekong Times reported Monday.

Senior Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) official Nguon Nhil said that the King’s chairmanship of the first session of the fourth National Assembly would “greatly honor” the legislative body.

Opposition officials agreed the King’s presence is imperative, particularly as the nation’s opposition has warned it may boycott the inauguration.

“The King’s presence always stabilizes (problematic) national situations, and citizens and political parties always respect and want the King to be here. The King’s presence is definitely important because he is a symbol of national peace and stability,” Kong Kom, Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) Deputy President, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

According to still preliminary results from the National Election Committee, the SRP won 26 of the 123 parliamentarian seats in the July 27 national election while the CPP gained 90 seats.

 
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