Thursday 12 March 2015 11:03
Laws concerning the election of members of the National Assembly are expected to be adopted by parliament by the end of this month and are aimed at ensuring that elections in 2017 and 2018 will be free and fair. In a statement after the deal was reached, Sam Rainsy noted: “The two parties working together guarantee the respect of fundamental democratic principles.”
The liberal leader has secured a pledge from the governing party to protect basic liberal principles, including freedom of expression, transparency of the electoral process, and prohibition of vote buying – principles that the CNRP allege were not upheld in the last round of national elections, resulting in nation-wide protests.
Sam Rainsy’s statement noted that concessions made during the negotiations were: “attributable to the culture of dialogue that the two parties have simultaneously embraced in order to settle peacefully all problems with the purpose of serving and defending the nation’s interests.”