PHNOM PENH, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's National Assembly on Thursday adopted a long-awaited draft law on the establishment of the Supreme Council of National Defense (SCND).
The parliamentary session was chaired by the president Heng Samrin. Eighty-five out of 97 lawmakers, who were present at the session, passed the draft law.
The establishment of the SCND is made in accordance with the Constitution of Cambodia, which was promulgated in 1993.
Moeung Samphan, secretary of state at the defense ministry, said in the session that the law is to ensure the protection of the Constitution, national independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, and to ensure the implementation of roles, duties, and obligations of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
In addition, he said, the body will oversee and decide on national defense policy and planning.
According to the draft law, the SCND, which oversees the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, will be chaired by King Norodom Sihamoni with Prime Minister Hun Sen serving as his deputy.
The body's members will comprise ministers in charge of the council of ministers, defense, interior, foreign affairs, and finance, and commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, it said.
The law consists of six chapters with 11 articles.