CAMBODIAN RULING PARTY TO FORM NEW GOV’T IN SEPTEMBER: PM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said Thursday that a new government will be formed on Sept. 20 after his ruling party won a sweeping victory in the Sunday's election.

Speaking to thousands of garment factory workers here, Hun Sen said the country's King Norodom Sihamoni will preside over the opening session of a new parliament on Sept. 19; then, the new parliament will vote for the formation of a new government on the following day.

"In the morning of Sept. 20, the new government will be formed, and a swearing-in ceremony will be held in the afternoon, and on Sept. 21, the first new Cabinet meeting will be convened," he said.

Meanwhile, the prime minister expressed his profound gratitude to the people for participating in the democratic process and voting freely for political parties they liked.

He also thanked the people for their continued support for the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP).

Twenty political parties contested in the Sunday's general election.

The National Election Committee's preliminary results indicated that the CPP won the election, receiving 4.87 million votes, or 76.78 percent, of the total valid votes.

With the victory, Hun Sen, who has been in power for 33 years, will continue to lead the government for another five years.

The Southeast Asian country holds a general election once every five years. The Sunday's general election was the sixth of its kind since 1993.

Source: NAM News Network

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