KR Assembly, April 11-13, 1976 Session
  
  
 
          
  THE FIRST SESSION

 IN THE FIRST LEGISLATURE OF KAMPUCHEAN 

PEOPLE'S REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY

April 11-13, 1976

Unofficial Translation By Bun Sou Sour

Documentation Center of Cambodia

Kampuchean People's Representative Assembly's

Plan on Decisions To Be Taken in its First Session, First Legislature

April 13, 1976

            Respected and Beloved Kampuchean People's Representatives!

From  April 11  to April  13 1976,   we have  opened meeting  both in  forms  of committee meeting and plenary meeting 
for discussion, review on all aspects  and all  qualifications  of  the   agenda  of  Kampuchean  People's 
Representative Assembly's first session in the first legislature.

Having gone through debates for three consecutive days, the assembly's floor is in unanimous agreement with the basic 
essence listed on the agenda towards a final decision. 

Based on the unanimity provided by our session, the Chairmen of the meeting have prepared a draft of decision to be 
taken by the People's Representative Assembly's meeting in its first session, first legislature.

We, on behalf of the Chairmen, would like to read out the draft of decision to the floor for final approval and 
adoption.

Here we go. 

After the successful election to choose the members of Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly on March 20, 1976, 
the Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly has conducted its first plenary meeting for the first period. 

The  first  plenary  meeting  in the  first  period  of  People’s Representative Assembly was carried out for three days 
from the morning of April 11 until April 13, 1976  in the  capital city  of Phnom  Penh in  a great  and warm  
solidarity atmosphere.  The  meeting  focused  on all  important  issues,  which  have been declared in the agendas. The 
issues are thoroughly discussed in accordance  with Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea and with great spiritual 
responsibility for revolution, nation,  workers, peasants,  laborers, male  and female  youths, and cadres of Kampuchean 
Revolutionary Army.

After thorough and full examination of all issues, which are listed in the agendas, finally the assembly has formally 
adopted the followings:

1. About the Evaluation of the Outcome of the General Election Held on March 20, 1976  

The assembly's unanimous adoption: The  general election held on March 20, 1976 under careful supervision and monitoring 
of the election committee and committee of ministry of interior has been conducted meticulously according to the 
principles of the Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea. Workers, peasants, laborers, male and 
female youths, and cadres of Kampuchean Revolutionary Army have actively participated in the election in a super 
solidarity atmosphere and with strong belief in the Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea, in their relative-
representatives, and in the anticipation of a brighter future of Democratic Kampuchea of their home country.

2. About the Management of Work Procedures of Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly and the Organization of 
Standing Committee of the Assembly and Various Committees of the Assembly itself 

Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly was founded by the fresh blood of laborers and peasants, which had been 
flowing like rivers in the struggle and in the fight thousand years ago.

All members of the Assembly are the flesh and blood of workers, peasants, laborers, and Kampuchean Revolutionary Army, 
who used to join in the revolutionary struggles, underwent hardship and misery together in the fight against 
imperialism, old and new types of colonialism and its lackeys, experienced happiness and despair 
together for years, and still, we can now live together in the class of laborers working in factories, railroads, 
harbors, rubber plantations, salt fields, dike systems in rice fields, and water channels in syndicates, in 
cooperatives, and in various departments of Kampuchean Revolutionary Army fighting relentlessly to build up our nation 
and to defense our country.

This is the true background of our representatives; there would be no qualification in term of representativeness and 
democratic nature better than the above-mentioned points. So far, until these days and from now on our Assembly shall 
maintain the nature as laborers, peasants, and our revolutionary army’s representatives into the 
future.

With this viewpoint, the Assembly has unanimously adopted the basic principle of work procedures as follows:

1. Each member of Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly must continue to be representative for their previous 
local bases, sharing misery and happiness with people, trying to understand the feeling of the people, and make sure to 
be informed about people’s requests, especially staying closely with syndicates and factories, 
cooperatives, dike and irrigation systems, work sites, their own units, participate in building up and defense the 
country with workers and peasants people, laborers, male and female youths and cadres of Kampuchean Revolutionary Army 
in order to suit their ranks of real representatives of workers and peasants people, laborers, and Kampuchean 
Revolutionary Army.

2. Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly shall conduct a plenary meeting once a year, in order to promote annually 
the political line inside and outside of the country and to observe the activities of the state presidium, government, 
and judicial committee. They shall also observe good and bad points and rectify annual work targets of the three state 
organs.

3. During the period between each plenary meeting of Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly, there shall be a 
permanent organization of Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly which is responsible for practicing and observing 
the practice and decisions of the plenary meetings of the Assembly. This organization is called Standing Committee of 
Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly.

At the same time, the Assembly has also selected members of the Standing Committee of Kampuchean People’s Representative 
Assembly and has also chosen members of other commissions of the Assembly.

The Standing Committee of Kampuchean People’s Representative Assembly is composed as follows:

1.      Comrade Nuon Chea, President

2.      Comrade Nguon Kang, First Vice-president

3.      Comrade Peou Sou, Second Vice-president

4.      Female Comrade Ruos Nim, Member

5.      Comrade Sar San, Member

6.      Comrade My Chham, Member

7.      Comrade Kheng Sokh, Member

8.      Comrade Matt Ly, Member

9.      Comrade Thang Sy, Member

10.  Comrade Ruos Preap, Member            

3. About the Examination, Judgement and Decision on the Request for Retirement by King Norodom Sihanouk by virtue of the 
his statement dated April 2, 1976 and the Government Statement dated April 4, 1976 on the Request for Retirement of the 
King dispatched to the assembly        

Having thoroughly examined and discussed the two statements, the People's Representative Assembly unanimously does 
hereby agree with the request for retirement of King Norodom Sihanouk.

By virtue of the great achievement of King Norodom Sihanouk, a patriotic monarch who has paid interest-bearing 
contribution to the nation and the people of Kampuchea for national liberation against heinous and barbarous aggressive 
war of American imperialism and its reactionary clique of traitors, including Lon Noll, Sirik Matak, Son 
Ngoc Thanh, Cheng Heng, In Tam, Long Boret, Sosten, the National Assembly does hereby agree with the government's 
requests in the following:

1.      Entitle King Sihanouk "The Hero with the Highest Patriotism".

2.      Build a memorial for inscribing his aforementioned achievement.

3.      Guarantee  King Sihanouk's and his family's living standard as high as his honor and his status as Head of State 
and President of National Liberation Front of Kampuchea with a yearly pension amounted to US$8.000.

4. About the Examination, Judgement and Decision on the Request for Retirement of the Former Government             

The People's Representative Assembly notes that the Government of Democratic Kampuchea, previously known as Royal 
Government of National Union of Cambodia [RGNUC] and established on May 5, 1970, has, in co-operation with the people of 
Kampuchea as a whole and the revolutionary army of Kampuchea, made great efforts to fulfill its task of waging People's 
War for the liberation of nation and the people against American imperialism and its reactionary clique consisting of 
Lon Nol, Sirik Matak, Son Ngoc Thanh, Cheng Heng, In Tam, Long Boret, Sosten until  the day of victory—April 17, 1975. 

Given the whole country was liberated, and in accordance with the decision taken by the special national congress along 
with the decision made by the Third National Congress, the government jointly arranged for an establishment of the 
Constitution of Democratic Kampuchea, its promulgation and for the election of Representative 
Assembly of Kampuchea. The government, having accomplished major achievements, asks for resignation on April 6, 1976. 

The People's Representative Assembly unanimously agrees with the former government's resignation.      

      5.      Election of the State Presidium of Democratic Kampuchea 

Having painstakingly discussed the qualifications of all aspects, the People's Representative Assembly elects and 
appoints the State Presidium of Democratic Kampuchea, which is composed of: 

1.      Comrade Khieu Samphan, President

2.      Comrade Sao Phim, First Vice-president

3.      Comrade Ruos Nhim, Second Vice-president

6. Election of the New Government of Democratic Kampuchea             

Having painstakingly discussed the qualifications of all aspects, the People's Representative Assembly chooses the new 
government of Democratic Kampuchea, which is composed of: 

1.      Comrade Pol Pot, Prime Minister 

2.      Comrade Ieng Sary, Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs

3.      Comrade Vorn Vet, Deputy Prime Minister for Economics

4.      Comrade Son Sen, Deputy Prime Minister for Defense

5.      Comrade Hou Nim, Minister of Propaganda and Information

6.      Comrade Chuon Choeun, Minister of Health

7.      Female Comrade Ieng Thirith, Minister of Social Affairs

8.      Comrade Tauch Toeun, Minister of Public Affairs 

9.      Female Comrade Yon Yat, Minister of Culture and Education          

The committees within the government framework and put in charge of economics are in the following: 

1.      Committee of Agriculture

2.      Committee of Industry

3.      Committee of Commerce

4.      Committee of Communication

5.      Committee of Power

6.      Committee of Rubber Plantation      

The Chief of each committee is equivalent in rank to Minister of the government of Democratic Kampuchea. 

7.      Election of Judicial Committee

Having thoroughly discussed, the People's Representative Assembly elects and appoints a judicial committee chaired by 
Kang Chap.            

8. People's Representative Assembly's Guidelines On Domestic and Foreign Policies of the State Presidium and the New 
Government of Democratic Kampuchea  

The following are unanimously adopted domestic and foreign policies to be implemented by the new government of 
Democratic Kampuchea:

1)All articles and chapters of the constitution of the Democratic Kampuchea shall be correctly, completely, and 
cohesively implemented. The constitution of the Democratic Kampuchea is the soul of Democratic Kampuchea and the basis 
for domestic and foreign policies on various fields ranging from political economy, social affairs, culture, which stems 
from the fresh blood of millions of children of Kampuchea of several generations. Therefore, there shall be respect, 
observation and implementation at full strength.  

2)Strengthen and extend the force of great national solidarity with higher revolutionary vigilance for defense of the 
country, territory, independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity within the existing boundaries and with high 
responsibility for the revolution, nation and our people of Kampuchea.        

3)Strengthen and extend the force of great national solidarity for shock assaults in terms of production of all fields, 
especially agricultural field to the point that a maximum yield of rice shall be reached for upgrading the living 
standard of our people and building our country with the speed of great leap forwards. 

4)Continue to implement political line of independence, peace, neutrality, and non-alignment of Democratic Kampuchea by 
virtue of article 21 of the constitution of Democratic Kampuchea. 

There shall be strengthening and extension of the solidarity and fraternity with all revolutionary movements in various 
countries in the world, near and far, and with figures and youth in the five continents, who love peace and justice, 
including the ones in the United States of America, in order to struggle against imperialism, old and new colonies and 
reactionary forces for the sake of the revolution, independence, peace, democracy, fraternity and social development in 
the international arena.  

The firs session in the first legislature of the People's Representative Assembly concluded on the evening of April 13, 
1976 with great success, revolutionary optimism, and strong belief in a glorious future of the nation and people of 
Kampuchea.