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The Parliament of Cambodia

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Published: January 15, 2015 02:58 pm

Parliament of CambodiaThe Parliament of Cambodia is a bicameral legislature comprising the Senate and the National Assembly. The Parliament is composed of 184 members, 123 MPs and 61 Senators. The National Assembly is referred as the Lower House, while the Senate is referred as the Upper House of the Parliament.

The National Assembly is an elected body consisting of 123 members known as Members of Parliament (MPs). Members are elected for five-year terms by proportional representation, using provinces as constituencies of 1 to 18 members, and the D’Hondt method of seat distribution. A political party must secure 62 seats to obtain and preserve a majority.

The Assembly holds legislative power. In addition to the general law-making power, it has specific powers regarding the national budget, taxes, administrative accounts, laws on general amnesty, international treaties, conventions, declarations of war and formation of the Royal Government.

The Senate is a legislative body, composed of 61 members. 57 of the Senate seats are contested in non-universal elections held every six years. The King nominates two Senators, and the National Assembly nominates another two, bringing a total to 61 Senators. The Senate performs its duties as determined in the constitution and law in force. The Senate is chaired and presided by the President and assisted by two vice presidents.

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