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Cambodia's new government approved by parliament
www.chinaview.cn 2004-07-15 14:10:39

    PHNOM PENH, July 15 (Xinhuanet) -- The Cambodian National Assembly Thursday approved the lineup of a new cabinet and reelected Hun Sen as the premier.

    The approval came after King Norodom Sihanouk on Wednesday nominated Hun Sen, vice president of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), as prime minister.

    The 123-member assembly also approved Prince Norodom Ranariddh,Hun Sen's coalition government partner, as the president of the parliament with the using of a package vote.

    With a show of hands, the new government was approved unanimously by 96 parliamentarians present at the session. They are from the coalition government's two parties -- the CPP and theroyalist FUNCINPEC party.

    The opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), which won 24 parliamentary seats and later formed an Alliance of Democrats withFUNCINPEC, boycotted today's assembly session, as it did to parliamentary and Senate sessions in past week.

    The approval of the new government will officially end the political deadlock dating to last year's July 27 elections, in which Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won 73 seats but not the two-thirds majority required to form a government on its own.

    Last month, the CPP and the royalist FUNCINPEC party, won 26 seats, reached agreement to form a coalition government. Under thecoalition deal, the CPP and FUNCINPEC will have a power-sharing ofthe position, with the CPP keeping 60 percent while FUNCINPEC 40 percent.

    The two parties have agreed on 73 points of political platform to govern the country including some important issues like border dispute, corruption, human rights and salary for the civil servants. Enditem

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