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News Briefs From Cambodia August 18, 2006


Cambodian and civil societies officials cautiously support Prime Minister Hun Sen's comments on transfering his government's power to the winning party should it lose in the 2008 election.

The comments were made at the convention of first term final result of communal council (achievements), and Mr. Hun Sen says that the transition will be done in one hour to let the new government govern.

Opposition Sam Rainsy party legislator Keo Remy and Cambodia Center for Human Rights' director Kem Sokha support Mr. Hun Sen's comments saying that the National Election Committee (NEC) and the political infrastructure have already been set up.

Mr. Hun Sen dismissed election results in the past when his Cambodian People's party (CPP) lost the U.N. Transitional Authority for Cambodia's (UNTAC) brokered election in 1993.

But royalist FUNCINPEC party's leader, Prince Norodom Ranariddh agreed to share power with Mr. Hun Sen, resulting in two prime minister positions.

Mr. Hun Sen's adviser Om Yentieng, and government spokesman Khieu Kanharith cannot be reached for comment.

In another development, the cabinet passes a royal decree draft to create a board of certified mid-wives organized by the Ministry of Health due to rampant illegal and dangerous practices all over the country.

The draft will be sent to the National Assembly soon. Board of certified doctors and dentists will also be formed.

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