Cambodia PM seeks barring of duel citizenship for holders of high posts

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PHNOM PENH, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Cambodian chief Hun Sen on Wednesday ordered the justice ministry to amend the structure to bar holders of the nation’s high posts, together with the prime minister, from being residents of different nations.

On his Facebook web page, Hun Sen mentioned the prime minister, higher and decrease homes audio system and head of the constitutional council should solely maintain Cambodian citizenship “to show loyalty to the nation and avoid foreign interference”.

The remarks by Hun Sen, one of many world’s longest-serving leaders after greater than three many years in energy, come days after a report within the Guardian newspaper named him as certainly one of 1000’s of non-Europeans given Cypriot passports, citing info in a knowledge dump identified collectively because the “Pandora Papers”.

But legal professionals for the Cambodian authorities on Wednesday mentioned the Guardian report was false and Hun Sen has solely Cambodian citizenship.

“Government lawyers deny and dismiss the Guardian story completely as untruthful, baseless, and in contrast of truth,” they mentioned in a press release.

The assertion didn’t specify whether or not or not Hun Sen had held a couple of nationality previously.

Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has been in energy since 1979 and controls the legislature following the dissolution of the principle opposition occasion three years in the past for allegedly plotting to overthrow the federal government.

The opposition rejects that and plenty of of its members have been arrested or jailed or fled into exile, some receiving citizenship in these international locations.

Hun Sen’s longtime rival Sam Rainsy is a French citizen dwelling in Paris to keep away from a sequence of convictions.

A Reuters Special Report in October 2019 confirmed relations and key police, enterprise and political associates of Hun Sen had used their wealth to purchase a international nationality through a citizenship on the market association in Cyprus.

Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by Martin Petty

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends a celebrations marking the 66th anniversary of the country's independence from France, in central Phnom Penh, Cambodia, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Samrang Pring/File Photo