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Groups Call for Term Limits for Prime Minister

Sam Rainsy CNRP leader (3rd from left) and Hun sen CCP (first from right) leader at meeting on Tuesday July 22 2014.

Local NGOs are urging the new National Assembly to pass term limits for the prime minister, to prevent a “dictatorship” in Cambodia.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia in some capacity for 30 years, but following discussions in Phnom Penh, rights groups and development NGOs say that his position should only be held a maximum 10 years.

Ny Chakrya, lead monitor at the rights group Adhoc, said a limitation mandate would help avoid nepotism and dictatorship.

The call comes as the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has joined the National Assembly, with 55 of 123 seats.

Kem Ley, an independent political analyst, said limitations on power could reduce the risk of state unrest, such as a coup d’etat.

A term limit could also help Cambodia reduce corruption and power-abuse, said Ros Sopheap, deputy chair of the Committee to Promote Women in Politics.