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Ruling Party, Opposition Meet Over Election Law

  • Men Kimseng
  • VOA Khmer

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, second from right, shakes hands with the main opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, left, of Cambodia National Rescue Party, as Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, second from left, looks on after a meeting in Senate headquarter, file photo.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, second from right, shakes hands with the main opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, left, of Cambodia National Rescue Party, as Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, second from left, looks on after a meeting in Senate headquarter, file photo.

Officials said the meeting strictly focused on the election law, not on the border issue, nor the detention of opposition activists.

Members of the ruling party and opposition met Wednesday to discuss amendments to the election law for local commune councils.

The meeting comes amid political tensions between the two sides over opposition calls for the halt of alleged Vietnamese encroachment along the border.

Officials said the meeting strictly focused on the election law, not on the border issue, nor the detention of opposition activists.

“We have agreed on almost everything,” Rescue Party Vice President Kem Sokha said in a Facebook post. “There are five remaining points that we need to do further study and we’ll meet again next week.”

The five points are election campaign procession, campaign period, raising party signs in public places, punishment, and reprimands on civil servants.

“This is a continuation to implement the ‘culture of dialogue,’” said Sak Setha, a Cambodian People’s Party member and secretary of state for the Ministry of Interior.

Commune council elections are scheduled to take place in February 2017.

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