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One year on, CNRP fate unclear

A year after the dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the fate of the former main opposition party remains unclear. While its senior officials claim the Supreme Court-dissolution of their party is a “death knell for democracy” in Cambodia, Council of Ministers spokesman ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/one-year-cnrp-fate-unclear

CPP: ‘Behave or Sokha suffers’

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman warned Kem Monovithya on Thursday that her attempt to damage “national reputation and prestige” would lead to her father, Kem Sokha, receiving even harsher punishment. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-behave-or-sokha-suffers

Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey Veng ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-sokha-requested-security

U.S. urges Cambodia to remove restrictions against opposition leader

The United States urged Cambodia’s government on Tuesday to drop all charges against opposition leader Kem Sokha, who was released on bail but has been placed under house arrest. Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday after spending more than a year in jail on ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/u-s-urges-cambodia-to-remove-restrictions-against-opposition-leader-idUSKCN1LR0EP?il=0

Release of Sokha on bail ‘amounts to house arrest’

Former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday on court-supervised bail due to unspecified health conditions, with one of his lawyers saying the conditions set were so strict they amounted to house arrest. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/release-sokha-bail-amounts-house-arrest

Europe to discuss Kem Sokha’s detention

The European Parliament is set to hold urgent debates on selected human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday in Strasbourg, France, a briefing released by the body said last week. Discussion on Cambodia will centre on the imprisonment of court-dissolved Cambodia National ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/europe-discuss-kem-sokhas-detention

Emails in focus on sixth day of Ricketson trial

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson was grilled on Tuesday, over his connections to the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and Sam Rainsy. It marked the sixth day of his hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court over espionage charges. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/emails-focus-sixth-day-ricketson-trial

Jailed CNRP 14 receive royal pardon

In a royal decree signed on Monday night, King Norodom Sihamoni pardoned 14 former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) officials, including senior official Meach Sovannara, at the request of prime minister-designate Hun Sen. They were released last night. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/jailed-cnrp-14-receive-royal-pardon

UN: Large number of voters ‘alienated’

The spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) claimed a significant proportion of the Cambodian population was left alienated in the July 29 elections after the dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-large-number-voters-alienated

Hun Sen tells Rainsy to stake life on poll figures

Caretaker Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called out former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and swore on his life that the latter’s claims of inflated voter turnout figures or intimidation surrounding the July 29 national elections were unfounded. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-tells-rainsy-stake-life-poll-figures

CNRP boycott call slammed by opposition party leader

The president of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) on Wednesday slammed the leadership of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for handing the 125-seat National Assembly to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party with its boycott calls. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cnrp-boycott-call-slammed-opposition-party-leader

Cambodia to probe election boycott call

Cambodia’s election organizers said on Monday they will investigate a complaint against about 30 former opposition party members for calling for a boycott of Sunday’s general election. ...

Chan Thul Prak
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-election/cambodia-to-probe-election-boycott-call-idUSKBN1KD0OH

Prince Thomico denies Fresh News story that he is leading group to destroy polls

Prince Sisowath Thomico, a cousin of King Norodom Sihamoni, strenuously denied a Fresh News report that he was the mastermind behind a group of opposition activists planning to disrupt the July 29 national elections. The report on Monday said that on a recent evening, a ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prince-thomico-denies-fresh-news-story-he-leading-group-destroy-polls

Khmer Will Party seeks to rope in 3M voters before national poll

At its party conference on Sunday, the Khmer Will Party (KWP) claimed its plan was to gather the support of three million former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) followers as it heads for the national polls on July 29. It also criticised the populist call, ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/khmer-will-party-seeks-rope-3m-voters-national-poll

NEC brushes off petition from LI

The National Election Committee (NEC) on Tuesday brushed off concerns over a petition written by former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and supported by UK-based Liberal International (LI). ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/nec-brushes-petition-li

CPP says drawing CNRP members

With the national elections approaching, a Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman said “many thousands” of former members of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have joined it. However, watchdogs and ex-CNRP officials have voiced doubts about this, claiming the comment is merely an “old ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-says-drawing-cnrp-members

ASEAN MPs say Cambodia election ‘not legitimate’

The MPs from the group Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said in a statement this week that the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party should be allowed to contest the vote and that all political prisoners in the country should be freed. ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/asean-mps-say-cambodia-election-not-legitimate/4435862.html

What’s missing from Cambodia’s democracy?

In a nationally televised speech after the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen declared that “the government will commit to protecting the multiparty democracy process.” Indeed, 20 parties have submitted applications to compete in this year’s national ...

Andrew Nachemson
https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/whats-missing-from-cambodias-democracy/

KPP joins call to boycott but NEC, CPP brush off legitimacy concerns, hailing number of parties

Responding to the National Election Committee’s official announcement that 20 political parties will be on the ballot for the July 29 national elections, the CNRP and Khmer Power Party – both of which have former leaders in jail – claimed they wouldn’t recognise the poll ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kpp-joins-call-boycott-nec-cpp-brush-legitimacy-concerns-hailing-number-parties

Rainsy announces ‘official’ election boycott

Opposition figure Sam Rainsy formally called for a boycott of this year’s national election in the name of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party on Saturday, though some former senior party leaders challenged his authority to speak on behalf of the opposition. ...

Andrew Nachemson and Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rainsy-announces-official-election-boycott

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