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CPP spokesman and former Kem Sokha colleague questioned

Cambodian People’s Party spokesman Chhim Phal Virun was questioned Tuesday morning as a witness in the “treason” charges brought against former opposition leader Kem Sokha, his former colleague at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR). ...

Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-spokesman-and-former-kem-sokha-colleague-questioned

CPP official called up as witness in Kem Sokha case

Cambodian People’s Party spokesman Chhim Phal Virun has been called as a witness in the controversial “treason” case against jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha. ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cpp-official-called-witness-kem-sokha-case

Hun Sen heads to US for ASEAN summit

After weeks of build up—including threats of protests in the U.S. and counterprotests at home—Prime Minister Hun Sen will join regional leaders today for the U.S.-Asean Sum­mit in Rancho Mirage, California. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-heads-to-us-for-asean-summit-108438/

“Secret” gov’t letter tells groups to support PM on maps

A letter marked “secret” has been sent by the ruling party to various groups telling them to support Prime Minister Hun Sen on the issue of demarcating borders with Vietnam. ...

Chea Takihiro and Srey Kumneth
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/15682/---secret----gov---t-letter-tells-groups-to-support-pm-on-maps/

King’s signature brings much criticized NGO law into force

King Norodom Sihamoni signed the NGO law on Wednesday, according to a government official, bringing into effect a piece of legislation that has been internationally rebuked as a serious threat to free speech and association. ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/kings-signature-brings-much-criticized-ngo-law-into-force-91643/

NGO director appointed new ‘neutral’ NEC member

Hang Puthea, executive director of the Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Elections, was selected Tuesday as the “neutral” candidate for the National Election Committee (NEC) following Licadho president Pung Chhiv Kek’s announcement that she would not accept her nomination. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ngo-director-appointed-new-neutral-nec-member-81134/

Ruling party hires spin doctors to deflect criticism

As part of ongoing reforms to improve its image ahead of elections in 2017 and 2018, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party has appointed three official spokesmen to rebut its critics and publicly defend the party. The letter states that Phal Virun and two CPP lawmakers ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-weekend/ruling-party-hires-spin-doctors-deflect-criticism

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