Cambodian PM considers putting country in state of emergency

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said yesterday that he is considering to put the country in a state of emergency after a spike of COVID-19 cases.

“I’m letting (the legal team) examine the possibility to use the Article 22 of the Constitution to request the King to put the country in a state of emergency,” he said during a meeting with a group of volunteer doctors in Phnom Penh.

“I don’t want to use this (measure), but I will if my appeal produces no effect,” he said.

The Article 22 of the Constitution said when the nation faces danger, the king shall put the country in a state of emergency after agreement with the prime minister and the presidents of the National Assembly and the Senate.

Meanwhile, Hun Sen said the Southeast Asian country has prepared hotels, vocational training centres and school-dorms with more than 3,000 rooms into standby facilities to treat people with COVID-19.

He advised health officials and local authorities to use loudspeakers to broadcast health warnings and advice on preventing virus transmission across the country.