Cambodian Premier Reminds the Supremacy of Constitution

On the celebration of the 26th anniversary of Cambodian Constitution today, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen reminded his compatriots of the supremacy of the Constitution.

"Constitution is the supreme law of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Other laws and resolutions of each state institutions must be in conformity with the Constitution," said the Premier in a Facebook post this morning.

Starting from the Paris Peace Accords to end the civil war in Cambodia on Oct. 23, 1991, Cambodia had reached a new historical turning point with an internal agreement to solve political problem by agreeing to hold elections in May 1993 with the support of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), he said.

The national Constitution was then established in 1993, he said, pointing out on Sept. 24, 1993, in Prasat Tevea Vinichay (the Throne Hall) of the Royal Palace, Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, the Late King-Father of Cambodia, signed a royal decree promulgating the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Some of the most important points stated in the Constitution are the absolute respect of the Constitutional Monarchy and liberal and pluralistic democracy, the separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judiciary, the basic rights of citizens, and the rule of law principles, and so on, underlined Samdech Techo Hun Sen.

The 17-chapter-and-160-article Constitution of 1993 is the oldest among the six Cambodian constitutions since 1947. It has so far undergone eight amendments. The first amendment was in 1994, the second in 1999, the third in 2001, the fourth in 2005, the fifth in 2006, the sixth in 2008, the seventh in 2014, and the eighth in 2018.

In 2004, an additional law to the Constitution was adopted to ensure the normalisation of the national institutions.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press