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Don’t mention South China Sea, government tells Asean

The National Assembly will petition Asean officials to remove a reference to the South China Sea maritime dispute from an upcoming joint statement, officials confirmed on Tuesday, a move some analysts and diplomats say will again threaten regional cohesion. ...

Khuon Narim and Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/dont-mention-south-china-sea-government-tells-asean-117083/

Minister: hands-off judiciary

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana has never interfered in a judicial decision, he said during a speech in front of a half-vacant National Assembly yesterday. ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/25993/minister--hands-off-judiciary/

Draft law to join china-led development bank passes national assembly

The draft law to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank passed the National Assembly yesterday with lawmakers from both the ruling and opposition party supporting it, saying it will  open the door to a new source of funding for the development of the Kingdom’s ...

Sok Chan
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/19860/draft-law-to-join-china-led-development-bank-passes-national-assembly/

First animal health, production law passed

With strong bipartisan support, the National Assembly on Wednesday passed the country’s first animal health and production law, which sets out rules for the humane treatment of livestock and the safe processing of animal meat. ...

Kang Sothear
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/first-animal-health-production-law-passed-103254/

Assembly passes part of 2013 budget despite opposition

Sixty-seven CPP lawmakers on Monday approved the government’s revenues and expenditures from 2013 despite the protest of 43 opposition CNRP lawmakers, who said reported revenues were inordinately low and called on the government to carry out a transparent audit. ...

Kang Sothear
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/assembly-passes-2013-budget-despite-opposition-of-cnrp-86896/

Assembly's finance chief denies malfeasance

The chairman of parliament’s banking and finance commission yesterday rejected allegations of misuse of state funds at the National Assembly, which were raised on Tuesday by opposition lawmaker Son Chhay. Cheam Yeap, a ruling Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker who heads the commission, said Chhay was wrong ...

Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/assemblys-finance-chief-denies-malfeasance

Assembly Secretary-General stonewalls over misspending

The secretary-general of the National Assembly, who has been accused of allowing gross misspending and nepotism in parliament, spent two hours Tuesday refusing to answer questions over allegations from lawmakers on the Assembly’s commission on finance and audits, according to the commission’s vice chairman. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/assembly-secretary-general-stonewalls-over-misspending-79456/

Questioning over assembly misspending delayed

Son Chhay, the deputy chairman of the National Assembly’s banking and finance commission, on Tuesday accused commission chairman Cheam Yeap of deliberately avoiding summoning the chief administrator of the parliament for questioning over alleged gross spending irregularities. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/questioning-over-assembly-misspending-delayed-78621/

Assembly official accused of gross misspending

The National Assembly’s banking and finance commission decided on Wednesday to summon Leng Peng Long, parliament’s chief administrative official, for questioning over claims of nepotism and alleged spending irregularities including $25,000 spent on a flagpole, the commission’s deputy chairman said. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/assembly-official-accused-of-gross-misspending-77824/

NGOs call for open budget process

A group of NGOs yesterday called for more detailed information on national budgets to be made public before their approval, maintaining that the public had a right to know about and comment on the expenditures that would ultimately affect their day-to-day lives. Tek Vannara, director of ...

Chhay Channyda
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-call-open-budget-process

National Assembly to vote for new leadership next Tuesday

123 lawmakers from ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) will vote on August 26, 2014 to elect new leadership of the National Assembly. According to the general commissariat of the National Assembly, the agenda will include: Vote for Nguon Nhil ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=11&token=MmYxYzc5NjRmMTc

Cambodia's parliament leadership reshuffle set for next week: PM

The 123 Cambodian Members of Parliament (MPs) from the ruling and opposition parties will vote on Tuesday next week to elect their leadership, Prime Minister Hun Sen, vice president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), said on Monday. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP)’s ...

Global Post News Staff
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140818/cambodias-parliament-leadership-reshuffle-set-next-week-pm

Ban lifted from Freedom Park

City Hall has lifted the ban on public assembly at Freedom Park, which was at the center of opposition protests over the last year and the ignition point for violent clashes that led to the arrests of a handful of opposition lawmakers. Shortly after the clashes, ...

Heng Reaksmey and Kong Sothanarith
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/ban-lifted-from-cambodia-freedom-park/1973078.html

Opposition to form ‘shadow cabinet’ in parliament

A “shadow cabinet” will be created inside the National Assembly once the CNRP’s lawmakers-elect swear into office, senior opposition party officials said Thursday, in a move that nine years ago saw an opposition lawmaker imprisoned on charges of inciting a rebellion. Prime Minister Hun Sen and ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/opposition-to-form-shadow-cabinet-in-parliament-64917/

Parliament to summon 3 ministers for questioning

The National Assembly plans to summon three ministers for questioning over compensation to families who will be displaced or harmed by development projects, officials from the National Assembly said Sunday. Cheam Yeap, a senior CPP lawmaker, said the National Assembly would write to Environment Minister Say ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/parliament-to-summon-3-ministers-for-questioning-62093/

As oknha ranks grow, honorific loses meaning

Initially a status reserved for a privileged few, the number of businesspeople bearing the honorific “oknha” has ballooned from an estimated 20 individuals in 2004 to some 200 in 2008 and more than 700 today. Traditionally a title of nobility bestowed by the king to honor ...

Sek Odom and Simon Henderson
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/as-oknha-ranks-grow-honorific-loses-meaning-62057/

Questions over spending plan

The Council of Ministers on Friday approved a new five-year National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) – the guiding policy document used by the government – requiring an estimated $26.58 billion in spending and investment, or more than $5.3 billion a year, until 2018. The plan ...

May Kunmakara and Kevin Ponniah
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/questions-over-spending-plan

PM ends exile gov’t talk

Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that his government will work with the Thai junta that came to power in a coup last week, and quashed speculation that the ousted Shinawatra clan may be allowed to set up a government in exile in Cambodia. In a ...

Vong Sokheng and Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-ends-exile-gov%E2%80%99t-talk

Judiciary laws moving forward with ‘debate’

The National Assembly yesterday opened debate for the first time on the first of three controversial judicial draft laws, approving in principle the first two chapters of the Law on the Organisation and Functioning of the Courts, in the continued absence of the opposition Cambodia ...

Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/judiciary-laws-moving-forward-%E2%80%98debate%E2%80%99

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