The Ministry of Justice invites opposition parties and NGOs to better understand the constitutional amendments
The Ministry of Justice has invited political parties and non-governmental organizations that have expressed concerns about the Tenth Amendment to the constitution to meet with ministry officials and familiarize themselves with the basics of the six amended articles of the constitution. and the two modified articles of the additional constitutional law.
In a July 29 press release, the ministry scheduled the meetings for the afternoons of August 2-4 at 2:30 p.m. and invitations were issued to relevant political parties and NGOs.
However, the ministry said it could be flexible with the timing depending on requests from political parties or NGOs if for some reason their representatives were unable to attend these sessions. In the interest of transparency, the media were also invited to observe the discussions.
The National Assembly (AN) voted on July 28 in favor of adopting amendments to articles 19, 89, 98, 102, 119 and 125 of the constitution, as well as revisions to articles 3 and 4 of the constitutional law additional.
The changes to the constitution were met with objections from four political parties: Candlelight (CP), Khmer Will (KWP), Cambodian Reform (CRP) and Grassroots Democratic (GDP). They registered their complaints by submitting a petition to the NA asking that they vote against the changes.
In addition to the objections of the four political parties, a significant number of NGOs, civil society organizations and other groups expressed similar concerns.
They said the amendment would undermine multiparty democratic principles, reduce the power of the legislature and change the parliamentary system.
Minister of Justice Koeut Rith held a press conference to refute these claims on July 14, then again on July 28 he explained the changes at length during a televised session of the NA where the amendment was adopted.
The minister as well as the NA members of the competent committees said that the amendment aims to ensure the regular functioning of national institutions, in particular the executive power, in the event of certain unusual circumstances and to ensure that they are able to maintain continuity of government. no stalemate or stalemate bringing things to an impasse with no clear solution.