Hun Many Faces Deputy Prime Minister Vote

This photo shows Hun Many, Minister of Civil Service. Photo: Ministry of Civil Service/Facebook

PHNOM PENH – The National Assembly will convene an extraordinary session next week to approve a new deputy prime minister and two senior ministers.

Civil Service Minister Hun Many will be candidate for a deputy prime ministerial post, raising the number of deputies to 11. Many, younger brother of Prime Minister Hun Manet and son of ex-PM Hun Sen, took charge of the Civil Service Ministry last August. 

Sry Thammarong and Pen Vibol, currently ministers attached to the Prime Minister, will be promoted to senior minister posts. 

The Assembly’s standing committee approved the convening of extraordinary sessions on Feb. 21 and on Mar. 1, Assembly President Khuon Sudary said on Feb. 15.

During the Feb. 21 session, members will cast confidence votes on the new deputy prime minister and senior ministers at the request of the government, Sudary said.

It is expected that the vote will proceed smoothly as the ruling Cambodian People’s Party has a majority in the Assembly.

Once approved, King Norodom Sihamoni will issue a royal decree appointing them to the posts. 

The Assembly will vote for candidates for two Senate seats on Mar. 1. Sudary said five people have applied for the seats. 

By law, the Assembly appoints two lawmakers for the upper chamber which will hold elections on Feb. 25. Two other members will be appointed by the King while another 58 will be elected.

Hun Sen is also standing in the election which is widely expected to be won by the CPP given its majority in the Assembly and in commune councils. 

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