Mr. Rainsy said on Monday that “Hun Sen’s zigzagging moves reflect his disarray following his many failures to divide the opposition CNRP.”The opposition leader said it was in fact his idea to officially appoint a “leader of a shadow cabinet,” which became the minority leader, and that Mr. Hun Sen’s repeated efforts to use the position to split him and Mr. Sokha had failed.“Hence Hun Sen’s disarray leading to his decision to simply suppress that minority leader position altogether,” he said.“For me the minority leader position is important in that its creation represents an institutionalization of the opposition in a country like Cambodia where a one-party system had been the norm for a long time and the opposition could be any time subject to elimination,” he added.“Hun Sen’s latest decision is therefore another serious setback for democracy in Cambodia.”
PM Makes Move to End Future Talks With CNRP
The Cambodia Daily | 17 January 2017
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced through a government mouthpiece on Monday that he intends to rewrite the National Assembly’s internal rules so that there will be no mechanism to hold formal political discussions with the opposition party.
The move to alter Article 48 of the Assembly’s internal rules, which the parties originally agreed to during negotiations after the 2013 election, would strip the CNRP of its parliamentary standing as the “minority group,” strip acting CNRP President Kem Sokha of his title of “minority leader” and eliminate the framework for political negotiations.