PHNOM PENH, Mar 07, 2010 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Cambodia's long awaited corruption law is now ready for the first debate at the parliament next week, a senior government official said Sunday.
Phay Siphan, spokesman of the Office of the Council of Ministers, said that anti-corruption draft law is in the hand of the National Assembly and the first debate will begin on Wednesday.
He said it is not clear how many days the debate will take, saying it will depend on the parliamentarians who are fully in charge.
The law was first proposed 15 years ago, but it has been seriously debated by many concerning ministries and entities until the final draft was made available this week.
Cambodia's opposition party voiced support to have anti- corruption law saying it will help reduce corruption, but said it was too soon short-time notice to precisely study the draft.
All 123-seat parliamentarians were given copies of the draft on Thursday this week, and it is scheduled for debate on this coming Wednesday.
The 25-page anti-corruption law consists of nine chapters with 57 articles, covering many forms of corruptions, targeting government officials and leaders of business and civil society organizations, according to the draft seen Sunday.
The draft law requires all government officials and other individuals as aforementioned to declare their assets and debts.
The court is empowered to seize as state property and assets of those found guilty of corruption, and will face a maximum jail term of 15 years.
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