Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release ...

Ben Sokhean

CPP lawmaker visits migrants in Thailand

A Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) lawmaker has said that the Kingdom’s migrant workers in Thailand have vowed to return home to vote in the July 29 national elections. But a former deputy president of the court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) expressed doubts that this ...

Niem Chheng

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

Justice Min. to debate despite boycott

The Justice Minister will verbally clarify laws and procedures relating to politicians and the judiciary in the National Assembly on June 9, despite requests by the opposition to cancel the session. ...

May Titthara

Officials use government letterhead for private affairs

Ruling party lawmaker Chheang Vun on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing after using his government position to compel the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications to clear up dangling electrical wires in front of a restaurant he owns. ...

Kuch Naren and Buth Kimsay

Blame game on removal of Kem Sokha

Political analysts across the Kingdom are buzzing about the ramifications of the decision the National Assembly made last week to remove Kem Sokha, deputy president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), as deputy president of the legislative body. ...

Chea Takihiro

Assembly members quarrel over border letter

National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun again went on the attack Friday against CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An, who has been at the fore of the opposition’s recent campaign to highlight Vietnam’s alleged incursions into Cambodia. ...

Kuch Naren

Opposition walks out of NGO law workshop

CPP lawmakers and officials continued to defend their controversial draft of a proposed law aiming to regulate the country’s non-government groups at a workshop at the National Assembly on Wednesday, despite a boycott from some NGOs and the opposition, which dismissed the event as “rubbish.” ...

Kuch Naren and Zsombor Peter

NGOs firm against draft law before meeting with lawmakers

NGOs remained united Tuesday in their staunch opposition to a draft law that would force all non-government groups in the country to register with the state, but were split on whether to take up the ruling CPP on its offer for an 11th-hour consultation ahead ...

Kuch Naren and Zsombor Peter

Spat between lawmakers continues

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun wrote to National Assembly President Heng Samrin on Thursday to complain that CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An broke the parliament’s rules by attempting to be interviewed while Mr. Vun himself was being interviewed. ...

Kuch Naren

Parliamentarian rails against protests against NGO law

A ruling party lawmaker says pro-democracy and rights groups staging protests against a draft law at the National Assembly are trying to “topple the government.” On Wednesday, Chheang Vun, a lawmaker for the Cambodian People’s Party, said three days of protests over the draft are ...

Hul Reaksmey

Lawmakers spar over right to speak

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun and CNRP lawmaker Un Sam An got into a heated back-and-forth following a meeting at the National Assembly on Wednesday, with Mr. Vun refusing to allow Mr. Sam An to speak to a reporter while inside parliament. ...

Mech Dara

Lawmaker says NGO law must pass now

Despite government assurances that the controversial NGO draft law was still undergoing review, committees of the National Assembly said yesterday that the only revisions will be minor corrections to spelling and wording. ...

Pech Sotheary

Protesters outside National Assembly demand end to NGO law

Pro-democracy and rights groups in Cambodia have launched a three-day demonstration in an attempt to stop the passage of a law to regulate NGOs. The protest is expected to continue Tuesday. Organizers said that if they are not satisfied with the Assembly’s actions, they will ...

Hul Reaksmey

Parliament ‘not a fish market,’ CPP assembly spokesman says

National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun on Tuesday defended the prohibition of a press conference on border issues planned by opposition CNRP lawmakers by saying the parliament is “not a fish market.” ...

Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns

Assembly panel to accept NEC nominations beginning Friday

The National Assembly’s standing committee will meet on Friday to open nominations for members of the new National Election Committee (NEC) and then vote on its nine members on April 13, a spokesman said Wednesday. ...

Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns

Prime minister warns of legal action against Kem Sokha

On the 45th anniversary of Lon Nol’s U.S.-backed 1970 ouster of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday publicly accused the opposition CNRP of working to illicitly overthrow his CPP government. ...

Hul Reaksmey and Khuon Narim

CPP lawmaker wants CNRP colleague to keep quiet on graft

National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun on Wednesday called on CNRP President Sam Rainsy to gag a senior opposition lawmaker who has repeatedly agitated for an investigation into gross misspending and nepotism within parliament. ...

Khuon Narim

Controversial election laws to be passed without amendments

National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun said Wednesday that bipartisan support for the country’s two new election laws would ensure they are passed with little debate by the parliament today, despite substantial public concern about their content. ...

Kuch Naren

Immunity for lawmaker will expire, Assembly spokesman says

National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun said on Sunday that an opposition lawmaker who was on Friday found guilty of aiding a prison break could be arrested and jailed once he has exhausted his avenues of appeal, automatically extinguishing his immunity as a lawmaker. ...

Khuon Narim

Parliament to fire some staff to be more effective: Spokesman

The National Assembly will cut some jobs in this fifth legislature in order to enhance the quality of its officials, an official said Tuesday. “Some staff don’t work, but they receive pay by just only coming to provide thumbprints,” parliament’s spokesman Chheang Vun said in ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Nepotism in assembly not illegal, spokesman says

CPP National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun said Saturday that there will be no investigation into why the parliament’s bureaucratic ranks are stacked with family members of one of its chief administrators, explaining that no law prohibits nepotism in the public sector. CNRP chief whip Son Chhay ...

Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara

Monks demand apology from CPP lawmaker after pagoda visit

A group of activist monks say they will force CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun to apologize for a heated discussion he had with a monk on Monday if he tries to enter one of their pagodas in the future. ...

Mech Dara

CPP lawmaker tells governor to solve feud

Ruling party lawmaker Chheang Vun yesterday called for the governor of Battambang province to intervene in a long-running land dispute between 38 villagers and wealthy tycoon Lem Tealeng. ...

Pech Sotheary

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