Military winner in draft budget

Government officials were still tight-lipped about the 2014 draft budget yesterday, though some details did continue to trickle out, such as the announcement of a sizeable increase in national defence spending. Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker and banking and finance committee member Cheam Yeap said yesterday that ...

Vong Sokheng and Stuart White

Debtors need mercy: CNRP

The opposition party has called on microfinance institutions to renegotiate payment terms with flood-affected loan holders. This year’s floods have affected 20 provinces and more than 1.7 million people, with 31,314 households evacuated, according to the Humanitarian Response Forum. The Cambodia National Rescue Party has asked that ...

Kevin Ponniah

2014 Draft Budget Reaches Assembly, Still Under Wraps

The National Assembly’s 12-member permanent committee will take its first look at the country’s $3.54 billion draft budget for 2014 on Monday, though officials are still refusing to offer a breakdown of how the money will be spent. The draft, which allocates more than $400 million ...

Hul Reaksmey

Committee Approves $25 Million Budget for National Assembly

The CPP-controlled Permanent Committee of the new National Assembly has approved a $25-million budget to cover the Assembly’s costs for the coming year, despite the continued absence of nearly half the 123-member body’s elected lawmakers. The opposition CNRP’s 55 lawmakers-elect have been boycotting the Assembly since ...

Hul Reaksmey

First CPP National Assembly Plenary Session Set for Thursday

The National Assembly will hold its first plenary session meeting on Thursday since Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 68 members of parliament last month approved an Assembly president and chairpersons to head the body’s nine committees, and despite the opposition CNRP still refusing to take their ...

Hul Reaksmey

No motion in shooting probe

More than two weeks after the slaying of 29-year-old Mao Sok Chan in clashes at Phnom Penh’s Kbal Thnal overpass, police have yet to launch an internal investigation into the use of force, officials said yesterday. National military police spokesman Kheng Tito said he had no ...

Amelia Woodside and Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Activists Doubt Cambodia Pledge to Stop Land Concessions

Activists are skeptical that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will follow through on a pledge to stop a contentious practice of appropriating rural land for commercial use, an issue that hurt the leader and his party in elections in July. In its new five-year political platform ...

Chun Han Wong

Two Decades On, Constitution Fails to Live Up to Promises

The atmosphere in Phnom Penh 20 years ago today was one of jubilation and optimism as then-Prince Norodom Sihanouk signed Cambodia’s new Consti­tution into law and reclaimed the throne as King. The promulgation of the Constitution—which marked the end of the U.N. Transitional Authority in Cambodia’s ...

Alex Willemyns and Phorn Bopha

Fertilizer Scam Referred to Anti-Corruption Unit

The case of a Battambang provincial government official ac­cused of embezzling some $200,000 in state funds has been referred to the Anti-Corruption Unit in Phnom Penh, provincial officials said Thursday. Battambang Provincial Court deputy prosecutor Long Hokmeng said a two-week investigation into the case brought against ...

Eang Mengleng and Matt Blomberg

Senior CPP Officials Agree to Give Up Lawmaker Positions

The National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday said that a host of senior ruling party officials had resigned from their elected posts in Parliament in order to allow lawmakers lower down the party’s rostrum of candidates to be given a seat in the National Assembly. “The ...

Phorn Bopha

Four More Named in Fertilizer Embezzlement Scandal

An official from Battambang province’s department of agriculture who was charged last Monday with embezzling $200,000 from the illegal sale of fertilizer donated to the poor by Japan has implicated four other officials in the case, including the son of senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap, ...

Eang Mengleng

Fresh Faces on CPP’s Shortened List of Lawmakers

When the ruling CPP takes its seats in the new National Assembly, its members of Parliament will include a few new faces, and significantly less old ones, according to ratified election results announced by the National Election Committee (NEC) on Sunday. The CPP’s poor showing in ...

Phorn Bopha

Cambodia Tourism Industry Fears Fallout From Election Uncertainty

Enterprises in Cambodia’s biggest tourism hub have called on Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy to quickly resolve a festering election dispute that they say is threatening business prospects as tensions rise ahead of mass opposition protests next week. Travel companies ...

Radio Free Asia Staff

Government's New Jet Takes To the Skies

The government’s brand-new Airbus A320 jet took off on official state business for the first time yesterday, when it departed from Phnom Penh International Airport en route to Beijing with King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath. “It is the government’s plane and is for ...

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