Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Cambodian PM urged to attend parliament

ABC, Radio Australia

A parliamentary committee in Cambodia has requested the prime minister, Hun Sen, attend parliament to answer questions directly.

Mr Son Chhay, an opposition MP who also the chairs the 5th Committee of the parliament, has submitted the written request to the prime minister.

The letter calls for answers on issues including the implementation of the four-angle economic policies, revenue collection from Angkor Wat, land disputes, corruption and human rights.

Hun Sen hasn't been to Parliament during question time throughout the third term of government, which is due to expire soon.

The constitution and parliamentary internal regulations stipulate that the prime minister is supposed to attend question time every Thursday morning.

A senior advisor to the PM says the request is ridiculous and has queried the motives behind it.

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