Old CPP chiefs a bane for new CNRP ones in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville

Two newly elected opposition commune chiefs in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville are struggling to dislodge their Cambodian People’s Party predecessors following their recent swearing in to office. ...

Touch Sokha

New commune chiefs sworn in, with CNRP unconcerned about CPP interference

The process of swearing in commune councillors across the country began yesterday, marking the start of their five-year terms in local administration, with opposition commune chiefs saying they were undeterred by Interior Minister Sar Kheng’s comments last week. ...

Touch Sokha and Ananth Baliga

Jarai commune chief sticks to his roots

A newly elected commune chief in Ratanakkiri province has vowed to solve local problems by referring to his Jarai heritage and traditions.   ...

Mom Sophon

Two women go head-to-head in election dominated by men

As Cambodians go to the polls on Sunday to elect new local council representatives, in a contest dominated by men, two women are facing off for control of this Kampong Speu province commune. ...

Sun Narin

Commune bosses 'need skill upgrade'

Speaking on Monday, Dr Touch pointed to an opposition CNRP policy of eliminating the Ministry of Rural Development and offering $500,000 dollars to commune chiefs to develop their local areas through projects such as road and bridge building. “We need commune chiefs who have studied to ...

Sen David

Female opposition commune chief hopes to keep her post after elections

 In the lead up to June’s commune elections, Sguon Samean, a former Sam Rainsy Party commune chief, say that she is hopeful that people will vote for her again.“I believe in my people. I have hope in my people since they trust me and they ...

Sun Narin

Parties pledge more power for women

For the ruling CPP, the promise was to appoint a woman as governor for one of the country’s 25 provinces. For the opposition CNRP, its boast was having 60 female commune chief candidates—up from fewer than 10—to run in Cambodia’s 1,646 communes for this year’s ...

Kuch Naren and Ben Sokhean

Police Clamp Down on Land Rights Meeting

Local authorities, including a heavily armed police officer, broke up a training session on land rights in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district on Friday, claiming the two groups had no legal right to hold such a meeting. The move marks the second time in less than a ...

Six Questioned Over Tonle Sap Reservoirs

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday questioned six people, including a provincial director of water resources and a commune chief, over allegations that they cleared part of a flooded forest in Kompong Thom to illegally construct reservoirs on the Tonle Sap. Earlier this month, military ...

Villagers Claim Chief Signed Away Their Land

Sixteen ethnic minority families in Ratanakkiri province have claimed that they are being forced from their land after a commune chief signed it away, and that commune borders have been redrawn to dispossess them. On Friday, the families, who have been living on 30 hectares of ...

Commune Chief Collectors’ Scam Follows Election

The commune election had only just ended on Sunday when the scam had started. On Tuesday, a well-dressed man claiming to be the brother of one of Phnom Penh’s newly reelected commune chiefs visited a business to present an invitation. It was convincing: The father of the ...

Commune Vote Predictable, but Margins Less So

With Sunday’s commune elections quickly approaching, the five main political parties are all predicting substantial gains over how they faired in the last election in 2007, though none deny that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will continue to dominate the polls. And with the entrance ...

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