At party congress, CPP gives itself top marks

As senior members of the ruling CPP gathered in Phnom Penh this weekend for their annual congress, the party gave itself a glowing performance review and noted almost no areas for improvement, according to a 49-page report distributed to delegates at the two-day event. ...

Aun Pheap

CPP meet to focus on local polls

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s decision-making central committee will hold its annual congress this weekend on Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich. ...

Phak Seangly

CPP, CNRP set meeting on draft union law

Lawmakers from the CPP and CNRP will convene on Tuesday for the first meeting of a new, ad hoc committee formed to hash out their differences over a controversial draft union law. ...

Sek Odom

Rainsy cancels return to Phnom Penh

Turning his back on a public promise, opposition leader Sam Rainsy canceled his scheduled return to Cambodia on Monday night and said he would instead return “in the next few days,” refusing to guarantee that his time abroad would not stretch into weeks or months. ...

Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara

Army joins call for Kem Sokha to step down

As observers accused the CPP of orchestrating Monday’s savage beating of two opposition lawmakers, images emerged Tuesday of a senior military commander rallying troops to support calls to oust Kem Sokha as the National Assembly’s vice president. ...

Mech Dara and Alex Willemyns

Opposition supporters in Banteay Meanchey defect

Almost 100 opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) supporters and several dozen members of the Royalist Funcinpec Party in Svay Chek district, Banteay Meanchey province, defected yesterday to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Among them were provincial and village-level leaders. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Ruling Party denies role in protest against Rainsy

The CPP issued a statement Thursday denying any role in a protest against CNRP President Sam Rainsy during his visit to Oddar Meanchey province on Wednesday. ...

Kuch Naren

CPP to push ahead with new commune election law

The National Assembly will vote on an amended law governing commune elections on October 20 even if the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP do not forge a deal over the parts of the law they disagree on, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said Wednesday. ...

Kuch Naren

Parties at impasse over rules for 2017 commune elections

The ruling CPP and opposition CNRP are deadlocked in their ongoing negotiations over new rules for commune elections, according to party officials, with the length and scale of election campaigns at the center of the dispute. ...

Kuch Naren

Border dispute turned into ‘popularity contest’

The newly formed Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) called on the country’s two largest political parties to put the national interest ahead of their own, as it released documents outlining its internal structure and code of ethics over the weekend. ...

Chea Takihiro

In year since political accord, an awkward and uneasy truce

Emerging from a five-hour meeting in the Senate on this day last year, Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy struck a pose remarkable for its warmth after a year of growing protests demanding that the long-serving premier step down. ...

Alex Willemyns

Safari world to move to Phnom Penh next year

Koh Kong Safari World, a curiosity wildlife park owned by tycoon and CPP senator Ly Yong Phat that hosts crocodile shows and orangutan boxing matches, will pack up in October and bring its spectacle to Phnom Penh early next year, according to an administrator. ...

Buth Kimsay and Simon Henderson

“Culture of Dialog” a major achievement, says Hun Sen on CPP's 64th anniversary

The Cambodian People’s Party has called its “Culture of Dialog” with the Cambodia National Rescue Party a milestone, listing it out prominently in its roster of achievements as the party celebrates its 64th anniversary. ...

Chea Vannak

Sam Rainsy says CPP will ‘prosper’ under Hun Sen

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has written to Prime Minister Hun Sen to express his “enormous satisfaction and happiness” that Mr. Hun Sen was appointed CPP president last weekend, telling the premier he believes the ruling party will grow stronger under his presidency. ...

Alex Willemyns

Sar Kheng acting CPP president in absence of PM

Interior Minister Sar Kheng, who was on Saturday named one of two vice presidents of the CPP, will serve as acting president of the ruling party and acting premier when Prime Minister Hun Sen is absent from the country, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said Monday. ...

Kuch Naren

Cambodia-Vietnam ties at 48

Today marks the 48th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Cambodia and Vietnam. Both countries were victims of great power politics during the Cold War. Their bilateral relations were undermined by different political rivals and nationalist groups. ...

Chheang Vannarith

Hun Sen new CPP president; two new vice presidents

Almost 25 years after the CPP was established, the ruling party on Saturday changed its leadership group for the first time, electing Prime Minister Hun Sen as its president and Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Senate President Say Chhum as vice presidents. ...

Mech Dara

Ruling CPP set to elect new leaders

The ruling CPP will convene an extraordinary meeting of its central committee on Saturday—the day after the cremation of its longtime president Chea Sim—to elect the new party leadership. ...

Kuch Naren

Thousands bid farewell to Chea Sim

Chea Sim was released into the afterlife Friday in a half-day Buddhist ceremony climaxing with a single firework shot into his coffin to ignite the intricate stupa built in Phnom Penh’s Wat Botum park to honor the longtime CPP president. ...

Khy Sovuthy and Matt Blomberg

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