Phnom Penh (FN), Mar. 22 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen said that Cambodia’s political power is well-balanced between the legislature and the executive branches, speaking at a graduation of nearly 5,000 students of Vanda Institute, held on Wednesday (Mar 22) at Diamond Island.
Samdech continued that his statement was made to educate some analysts who do not understand the constitution and that they may analyze or raise questions after seeing the Thai parliament be dissolved by the prime minister for May’s election.
On that occasion, premier Hun Sen also explained that the National Assembly shall not be dissolved before the end of its term except when the Royal government is twice deposed within a period of twelve months.
According to Article 78 of Cambodian constitution, the legislative term of the National Assembly shall be 5 years and terminates on the day when the new National Assembly convenes. The National Assembly shall not be dissolved before the end of its term except when the Royal government is twice deposed within a period of twelve months. In this case, following a proposal from the prime minister and the approval of the chairman of the National Assembly, the king shall dissolve the National Assembly. The election of a new National Assembly shall be held no later than 60 days from the date of dissolution. During this period, the Royal government shall only be empowered to conduct routine business. In time of war or other special circumstances where an election cannot be held, the National Assembly may extend its term for one year at a time, upon the request of the king. Such an extension shall require at least a two-third vote of the entire National Assembly.