REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA)
The SRP leader, who indicated that he would travel to his district in Kampong Cham on the swearing-in date, showed up at the National Assembly to participate in the ceremony presided by King Norodom Sihamoni. Sam Rainsy was accompanied by other MPs from his party.
While the majority of the MPs were dressed in traditional clothes, Sam Rainsy listened to the king’s speech in civilian clothes.
Kem Sokha, HRP President, remained outside the ceremony, along with the other two elected MPs from his party. The three HRP MPs stayed outside the National Assembly building.
The king congratulated the elected MPs and he also gave them some advises during his fifteen minutes speech. “Cambodia must move toward democracy, toward good governance and must reinforce its judicial system,” Sihamoni declared.