On Monday, King Norodom Sihamoni attended the first plenary session of the National Assembly ahead of the governing body working on a vote of confidence to officially appoint Hun Manet as the new Prime Minister.
The meeting was attended by all members of the National Assembly and some ambassadors, including the British Ambassador to Cambodia.
The King said, “I strongly believe that the new government will receive votes of truth in the National Assembly, so that the government will be able to work on improving Cambodia’s economy as stated in the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) policies.”
On August 23, in order for the new government under Hun Manet to be formed, it needs to receive a ⅔ vote of confidence from the National Assembly's 125 members. This is equal to 84 votes of confidence.
It is unlikely that there will be a political stalemate akin to what is happening in Thailand because the CPP won 120 out of 125 seats in parliament, which is significantly more than the 84 votes of confidence needed to form the government.
The National Assembly is the lower house of the parliament of Cambodia. It is responsible for making laws, overseeing the government and approving national policies initiated by the government.
On August 7, King Sihamoni officially appointed Manet as the next Cambodian Prime Minister, replacing his father Hun Sen.