Arrests continue as another CNRP activist detained

Police arrested another opposition activist Thursday morning for his alleged involvement in the violent July 15 protest at Freedom Park that the courts have labeled an attempted insurrection, a party official and police said. Tep Narin, a CNRP activist in his 30s, was arrested at the ...

Kuch Naren

Sam Rainsy to meet CPP top leaders to seek release of senior official

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy will meet with leaders of ruling party soon to seek release of a senior official. The arrest of Meach Sovannara is politically motivated and it needs to be politically intervened, said a party spokesman Yim Sovann. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

CNRP official Meach Sovannara arrested

Meach Sovannara, an official from the opposition CNRP, was arrested while driving down Monivong Boulevard in Phnom Penh on Tuesday morning, according to police and another CNRP official. Mr. Sovannara, who is also the director of the opposition Khmer Post Radio, was arrested in accordance with ...

Kuch Naren

CNRP lawmaker to visit site of proposed dam

Opposition CNRP lawmaker Pol Ham on Monday said he will visit the site of a proposed hydropower dam in Koh Kong province on Monday with colleagues from his parliamentary commission before they quiz government officials about the controversial project later this month. If built, the 108-megawatt ...

Hul Reaksmey

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

Vote held in contempt

The National Assembly yesterday appointed a ruling Cambodian People’s Party stalwart to fill the final seat of the judicial body that oversees the Kingdom’s judges and prosecutors and whose political independence is already a target of criticism. A majority of 66 parliamentarians voted Ith Rady, an ...

Meas Sokchea and Kevin Ponniah

After budget released, opposition blasts process

With the release of the government’s 2015 draft national budget Thursday, the opposition CNRP, whose 55 lawmakers joined the National Assembly in August, called Cambodia’s budget-drafting process “disgusting and unbelievable” on Friday. The draft 2015 budget calls for $400 million—or about 10.6 percent—more than 2014. ...

Kuch Naren and Chris Mueller

Cambodian opposition lawmaker wants probe of nepotism claims

A senior Cambodian opposition lawmaker has lodged a complaint against a high-ranking, ruling-party official in parliament, accusing him of corruption and nepotism, but is frustrated by the lack of response. Son Chhay, from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), charged that Mith Karen, parliament’s deputy ...

Roseanne Gerin

Political activist charged with intentional violence

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged political activist Ouk Pich Samnang with intentional violence, causing damage to public property and obstructing the work of authorities after he drove his tuk-tuk through a security barricade near Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house during a protest ...

Mech Dara

Chhay aims to purge Nat'l Assembly of ‘ghosts’

Senior opposition lawmaker Son Chhay has formally requested that the entire staff list of the National Assembly’s more than 1,000-strong secretariat be turned over to him for investigation as part of a bid to root out “ghost” workers and nepotistic appointments. As part of his one-man ...

Pech Sotheary and Kevin Ponniah

CNRP youth: we’ll fight ISIS

At least 50 opposition party youth members and supporters are asking for permission to join the US-led fight against Islamic State militants, a leading activist said yesterday. In return, they hope the US will help them fight Vietnamese encroachment in Cambodia and take back the island ...

Meas Sokchea

Police accountant transferred following claims of corruption

A Kompong Thom provincial police officer has been moved to the Ministry of Interior in Phnom Penh while authorities investigate a CNRP provincial councilor’s claims that senior provincial police officials have been siphoning off parts of their subordinates’ salaries, officials said Sunday. ...

Mech Dara

Borei Keila owner defiant after meeting lawmakers

Businesswoman Suy Sophan remained unrepentant after a closed-door meeting with lawmakers at the National Assembly on Thursday about her controversial Borei Keila property in central Phnom Penh, continuing to deny that she broke a contract to provide all evictees with new apartments. ...

Khuon Narim

Opposition, civil society groups rebuke gov’t over stipends

Government officials remained mum Thursday over a new sub-decree purporting to formalize monthly expenditures of senior government officials while the opposition and civil society groups said the regulation was a facade meant to conceal the real amount of money being made by CPP officials. ...

Hul Reaksmey

CNRP, CPP feud over sign placement in Poipet

Local branches of the CNRP and CPP in Banteay Meanchey province have been feuding since Wednesday over whether the opposition party should be allowed to plant a promotional sign in the ground above a storm drain. ...

Ben Sokhean

Poll shows fighting corruption drives support for education reform in Cambodia

Earlier this week, Cambodia’s Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) held a second high school exam to provide a second chance for the over 70 percent of 93,000 high school students who failed to pass the first annual national high school exam, held in ...

Silas Everett and Menghun Kaing

CNRP councillors call for ex-governor probe

Two Pailin provincial councillors are calling for a corruption probe of former governor and current council president Y Chhien, accusing him of using $400,000 “not transparently”, and possibly pocketing revenue from sales of natural resources. Cambodia National Rescue Party council members Ven Ra and Sou Dina ...

Meas Sokchea

Labor minister to face lawmakers’ questions

Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng has agreed to appear before lawmakers today to answer questions about ongoing minimum wage negotiations for garment workers, a controversial draft union law and other pressing labor issues, according to the opposition CNRP. ...

Mech Dara

Garment workers march for higher wages

More than 1,000 garment workers gathered in Phnom Penh and marched through the city center Sunday, demanding a “decent wage” from their factories, the largest garment-sector demonstration in the capital since military police fatally suppressed a protest for higher wages in January. ...

Mech Dara and Zsombor Peter

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