The Council of Ministers on Thursday issued a statement rebuking some recent critical commentary of King Norodom Sihamoni and reminding the public of the reigning monarch’s constitutionally protected inviolability. King Sihamoni has been thrust back into the spotlight amid Cam*bodia’s present political standoff over July’s disputed national election owing to his duties under the Con*stitution to preside over the opening of each new National Assembly. The opposition CNRP wants the King to delay the Assembly’s opening on Monday until it settles the dispute in negotiations with the ruling CPP. The CPP is pushing for the session to start as scheduled.
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