(PHNOM PENH) – The political tension within the country has now lessened, as the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has finalized a comprehensive political agreement with the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
In the agreement, it has been decided that all the recently arrested detainees of CNRP will be released. Secondly, a new constitutionally mandated election commission based on nine members, will be established. Of those nine members, 4 will be from CPP, 4 from CNRP, while one member will be selected with the mutual understanding of both parties. In the third point of agreement, it has been stated that the dates of the future elections have not been decided yet. It depends entirely on how soon the electoral reforms are completed, which includes the establishment of a fresh voter list. Lastly, the two parties agreed that the CNRP will be given a chairmanship of 5 out of 10 commissions in the National Assembly.
Earlier, Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia met with the opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, in the upper house of the parliament. The leaders jointly announced that they would initiate talks in order to end the one year long political deadlock of the country. It is to be noted here that this was the first time after September, last year, when these two leaders gathered for a face to face meeting.
His political party, the (CNRP) had boycotted the parliament since the elections were held in July last year, with the allegation that his victory was stolen with massive vote-rigging. CNRP was demanding an extensive electoral reform before the conduct of new elections. Moreover, it had also turned down an offer by Hun Sen to conduct new elections in February 2018.
Earlier, on Friday, the United Nations said that it is very much worried about the clashes that started in Phnom Penh between the opposition supporters and the security forces, in which many dozens of people got injured. Moreover, the UN also demanded an inquiry into the violence.