Cambodian PM changes date of forming new gov't after winning election

Wednesday, 2018-08-08 17:55:51
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Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. (Photo: Reuters)
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Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on August 8 announced a change in the schedule of forming a new government after his ruling party won a recent general election.

Speaking to thousands of garment factory workers in southwestern Kampong Speu province, Hun Sen said the new government will be formed on September 6, earlier than the original schedule of September 20.

He said the opening session of a new National Assembly will be held on September 5 under the auspices of the country's King Norodom Sihamoni and the new National Assembly will vote for the establishment of a new government on the next day.

In the morning of September 6, the new government will be formed and a swearing-in ceremony will be held in the afternoon, Hun Sen said.

"On September 7 in the morning, the first new cabinet meeting will be held."

The 67-year-old prime minister said Monday (August 6) the earlier formation of the new government will give him enough time to attend and deliver a speech at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York to be officially held on September 18.

The prime minister's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won the sixth general election on July 29, receiving 4.87 million votes, or 76.78 percent, of the total valid votes, according to the National Election Committee (NEC)'s preliminary results.

Based on the preliminary results, the CPP calculated that it had won all 125 seats in the parliament.

With the victory, Hun Sen will continue to lead the government for another five years.

Xinhua