King Norodom Sihamoni will preside over the opening session of the National Assembly this morning, according to an adviser to the Royal Palace and a member of the royal family, despite calls from the opposition CNRP for him to delay the convening of parliament. Civil society groups and hundreds of monks have lobbied King Sihamoni over the past week not to open parliament until leaders of the country’s ruling and opposition parties have reached a solution to breach the present political deadlock. However, Truong Mealy, a former director of the late King Father Noro*dom Sihanouk’s Royal Cabinet who
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