>Sam Rainsy present at the NA inauguration ceremony

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Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni greets people as he walks past an honor guard upon his arrival to preside over the first parliamentarian meeting to form a new government after the national elections in July at the national assembly building in Phnom Penh September 24, 2008.

REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea (CAMBODIA)

24 Sept 2008
Cambodge Soir Hebdo
Translated from French by Luc Sâr for Ki-Media
Click here to read the article in French

Sam Rainsy renounced to the boycott of the 24 September inauguration ceremony, unlike what he threatened to do since the announcement of the 27 July election results.

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.

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