Phnom Penh (FN), August 21 - Prime Minister Hun Sen urged all politicians, journalists, especially the oppositions, to clearly differentiate the word "designate” and “appoint”, addressing to the representatives of the 16 political parties at the forum held at the Peace Palace on Tuesday morning.
The premier’s urge was made as critics emerged after His Majesty King designated Samdech Hun Sen as Prime Minister for the sixth mandate on 17 August 2018.
“One cannot even differentiate “designate” and “appoint”, which is scary,” said the premier, adding that politicians and media shall read the constitution to understand which article His Majesty’s implementation based on.
He explained: Article 129 of the constitution requires a request by President of the National Assembly to the King with the approvals from the two Vice Presidents to designate personality among the members of the National Assembly from the elections winning political party to form the Royal Government.
However, this time the King implemented Paragraph 2 of Article 4 of Additional Constitutional Law Tending to Ensure the Regular Functioning of the National Institutions.
It stipulates that “upon the proposal by the majority political party at the National Assembly, submitted through the most senior member, the King designates a high ranking personality among the members of the National Assembly from the elections winning political party to form the Royal Government.”
It added that: “This designated high ranking personality prepares the attribution of the different ministerial posts within the Royal Government, then sends the list of all its members to the most senior member of the National Assembly.