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National Assembly Debates on Military Draft Law

The National Assembly on Tuesday starts its debate on the military service bill. The bill requires Cambodians of both sexes 18-30 years old to fulfill their military duties.

Under the new bill, it's mandatory for men to serve in the army for 18 months and women can serve voluntarily. In today's session, the lawmakers from the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the FUNCINPEC party support the bill while the opposition party opposes it.

Opposition lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang worries the military duty will lead to corruption and unfair practice. He also says the law is not necessary since the country is at peace.

Minister of Defense, Tea Banh disagrees by saying that the bill has addressed the punishment for those who try to manipulate the law.