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PM: vote near your work

Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday that citizens working far from their homes can register to vote near their places of employment, a change that could save many citizens from a lengthy and costly trip to their home province. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28218/pm--vote-near-your-work/

CNRP reveals Kem Sokha’s monthly salary

An opposition official has hit back at claims made by “Khmer for Khmer” founder Kem Ley last week that CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha has collected a salary of $15,000 per month since the opposition joined parliament in August. ...

Alex Willemyns
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-reveals-kem-sokhas-monthly-salary-71701/

Cambodian poll reform movement head demands transparency

The head of a key election reform group in Cambodia said Tuesday that he would consider applying for a position on the country’s new election body if membership selection is open to the public and transparent. Koul Panha, director of the Committee on Free and Fair ...

Roseanne Gerin
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/koul-panha-11042014181035.html

CNRP leaders hammer out party platform

Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha led a delegation from the CNRP over the weekend in a seminar organized by a pair of German think tanks that have been helping the party develop a coherent political platform. CNRP public affairs director Mu Sochua said ...

Alex Willemyns and Hul Reaksmey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-leaders-hammer-out-party-platform-71624/

Charged activist’s wife says let down by CNRP

The wife of political activist Ouk Pich Samnang, who was charged with intentional violence and causing damage to public property after smashing his tuk-tuk through a barricade during a protest in Phnom Penh last week, said Monday she felt the opposition CNRP had “turned a ...

Mech Dara and George Wright
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/charged-activists-wife-says-let-down-by-cnrp-71121/

Cambodia completes '90 percent' of draft of electoral body reform law

Cambodia’s opposition and ruling parties have completed 90 percent of a draft law to reform the country’s electoral body, officials said Monday following talks. Revamping the National Election Committee (NEC), which oversees the country’s elections, was a key component of a deal struck in July between ...

Joshua Lipes
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/draft-10272014172013.html

Japanese election experts meet with CPP, CNRP officials

Making good on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge late last year to help Cambodia reform its electoral system, a panel of election experts from Japan met with CPP and CNRP officials Wednesday to present the findings of their recent study into the system. ...

Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/japanese-election-experts-meet-with-cpp-cnrp-officials-70660/

‘Khmer for Khmer’ group says no party plans

Attendees at a conference of a new political reform association called “Khmer for Khmer,” which met for the first time Sunday, hit back Monday at claims made by a CNRP public affairs officer that the group plans to form a new party to divide the ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/khmer-for-khmer-group-says-no-party-plans-70407/

CNRP begins registration for first opposition TV station

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said Monday that a group of people close to the opposition party has applied to register a firm with the government that will operate the television license promised to the CNRP by Prime Minister Hun Sen during the political deadlock. ...

Alex Willemyns
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-begins-registration-for-first-opposition-tv-station-70396/

Union wins benefits for garment workers

Most demands made by workers at a Takeo province garment factory were met following a large protest and five hours of negotiation. Asia Dragon (Garment) Co Ltd mediated with the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), making concessions on most of the workers’ 16 ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/union-wins-benefits-garment-workers

Going home to vote? Expect a hike in travel prices

Voters who travel to cast ballots in the upcoming poll Sunday could face higher transportation fees as drivers and companies try to capitalise on heavier passenger volume. Phan Na, general manager at Phnom Penh Sorya Transportation, which sells bus tickets to several provinces, said fees could ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/going-home-vote-expect-hike-travel-prices

Workers to get back pay before election

Social Affairs Ministry officials yesterday promised that about 750 workers from the shuttered Pine Great garment factory will receive their overdue salaries before the election. Yesterday Touch Somuth, a member of the Social Affairs Ministry committee formed to resolve the issue, said the committee was ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/workers-get-back-pay-election

Hun Sen Signs Off on Royal Pardon for Sam Rainsy

Prime Minister Hun Sen has signed off on a Royal Pardon, which would allow for opposition leader Sam Rainsy to return to Cambodia ahead of the national election on July 28, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said. Mr. Rainsy has been in self-imposed exile ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-signs-off-on-royal-pardon-for-sam-rainsy-34675/

China's Aid to Cambodia Helps Cement Ties

When Asia-Pacific leaders gather this weekend in Southeast Asia—a bright spot in a sputtering global economy—their Cambodian hosts may extend a warm welcome to U.S. President Barack Obama, but they will view officials from Beijing as old friends. Mr. Obama’s visit to Cambodia—this year’s host for ...

Chun Han Wong
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324595904578120582308358540.html

New Cambodian rice federation elects president

The Federation of Cambodia Rice Exporters, a new government-backed association of rice exporters which aims to bring together all the players in the rice sector to boost exports, formed on June 21 and elected Kim Savuth, president of Khmer Food Co., as its first president. The election saw Kim Savuth receiving 53 of ...

http://www.etmcambodia.com/index.php

Hun Sen Talks Victory, Mocks Party Merger

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday thanked voters for the CPP’s overwhelming victory in Sunday’s commune election and told opposition parties that their plans for a coalition will not stop the ruling party’s dominance in the polls. Speaking for the first time since the elections, Mr. Hun ...

CPP Claims 72% of Seats In Communes

The CPP yesterday declared victory in Sunday’s commune election, saying it had taken 72 percent of the country’s commune councilor seats and all but 41 of the country’s 1,633 powerful commune chief positions. The SRP in turn said it took 19 percent of the available councilor ...

Radio Ban Sparks Debate of Media Freedom in Cambodia

While observers yesterday accused the government of censorship for ordering radio stations not to transmit international broadcasters over the election weekend, a government spokesman defended the move. On Sunday, a Ministry of Information official said the ministry had ordered local F.M. stations not to transmit Voice ...

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