Phnom Penh (FN), Dec. 26 - Cambodian Senate passed the proposed amendments to Political Party Law that will allow the banned politicians to re-enter politics.
Regarding the 118 former CNRP officials banned from politics for five years since last November, Prime Minister Hun Sen said they can now request the lift to re-enter politics one by one, not as a package, speaking to 15,000 workers in Kompong Speu and Kandal provinces.
“Those who are banned from politics shall request one by one. The law will not automatically lift the bans,” the premier underlined.
The amended Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties stipulated that “Individual whom the court banned from doing political activities could not create a new party, or participate in any other political parties, or be a candidate for others to vote, or do any activities to support or oppose other parties. Individual whom the court banned from doing political activities will receive absolute rights to legally participate in political activities when banning expired as determined by the Supreme Court’s verdict, or in the case that individual has been rehabilitated by His Majesty King as requested by Prime Minister in accordance with the proposal of Minister of Interior.”
According to the premier, the banned politicians could request to Minister of Interior, Prime Minister, or the King; however, it will still follow the same procedures.
It is worth noting that on 16 November last year, the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP for “attempting to overthrow the government through a colour revolution”, while 118 of its senior members were banned from engaging in political activities for five years.