Phnom Penh, Oct 30 (IANS) The Cambodian national assembly on Friday voted to remove opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party’s Kem Sokha from the post of the parliament’s first ever vice-president.
All 68 lawmakers from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), including Prime Minister Hun Sen, voted to remove him during a parliamentary session as all 55 CNRP lawmakers boycotted the session, Xinhua reported.
“I would like to announce that Kem Sokha was removed from the post of the national assembly’s first vice-president successfully,” assembly president Heng Samrin said.
He said the vote was conducted at the request of 63 lawmakers.
On Monday, thousands of pro-CPP protesters rallied outside the parliament to urge Kem Sokha to resign from the post of the parliament’s vice-president. They accused Kem Sokha of inciting unrest and racial hatred.
Kem Sokha became the parliament’s first vice-president after the ruling CPP and the opposition CNRP struck a political agreement on July 22, 2014.
Under the deal, the CNRP ended its 10-month long boycott of the parliament following the disputed 2013 elections in exchange for parliamentary power-sharing and electoral reform.
In the elections, the CPP won 68 parliamentary seats against 55 seats for the CNRP in the 123-seat parliament.