In Cambodia, government proposes constitutional amendment barring dual citizenship for top positions

By Riyaz ul Khaliq, 13 October
National Assembly of Cambodia (photo credit: AGORA-parl.org)
National Assembly of Cambodia (photo credit: AGORA-parl.org)
Cambodia is moving to amend its constitution to make dual citizenship impossible for holders of the kingdom’s top four positions, local media reported on [12 October]. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government recently approved a draft law under which the premier and heads of the Senate, National Assembly, and Constitutional Council cannot hold dual citizenship, according to daily Khmer Times. The law aims to “avoid foreign interference and show loyalty to the nation” and has been endorsed by King Norodom Sihamoni after being approved by the Cabinet, the report said. Phay Siphan, a government spokesman, explained last week that the laws mandate that the prime minister, all members of the legislative bodies, and the Constitutional Council must have only one Khmer citizenship at birth. [...] Cambodia’s rush to amend the law comes after UK-based newspaper the Guardian accused Sen of having citizenship of Southern Cyprus. The report cited the Pandora Papers, recently released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and was later retracted.
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