After Rainsy calls for future protests, Hun Sen says elections will not take place amidst ‘chaos’

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued an oblique warning in a speech to garment workers yesterday, noting that there could be no elections in a “chaotic country” – an apparent reference to the protests foreshadowed by the newly announced Cambodia National Rescue Movement. ... ...

Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson

EU pulls NEC support, saying elections ‘cannot be seen as legitimate’ after CNRP dissolution

The European Union announced yesterday that it is suspending all support for Cambodia’s National Election Committee, calling credible elections impossible in light of the government’s dissolution of the ruling party’s only legitimate competitor. ... ...

Leonie Kijewski and Ben Sokhean

Beehive party to elect new president after resignation

The Beehive Social Democratic Party will convene next week to pick its third president in four months after party leader Houn Phannary resigned due to “personal reasons”. ... ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Hun Sen taunts Sam Rainsy, branding him a coward for not returning home

Prime Minister Hun Sen used a public speech yesterday to mercilessly mock former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, taunting him to make good on a promise to return to Cambodia, sarcastically referring to him as a “hero” and even singing a few bars of a classic ...

Meas Sokchea and Alex Willemyns

US lawmakers urge new administration to ensure fair elections

Two pro-CNRP U.S. lawmakers called on newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to take a hard-line stance with the Cambodian government ahead of upcoming elections, in a letter signed on Thursday.Alan Lowenthal, a Democrat representing Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian ...

Ben Paviour

NGO highlights three top government reforms of 2016

Claiming the public knows little about successful reforms being made by government ministries, an international nonprofit released a study on Friday lauding the top three governmental efforts of this year. ... ...

Hannah Hawkins

Opposition to end boycott

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) MPs are to end their boycott of parliament, saying the national interest takes priority.The boycott started in May after security forces tried to arrest deputy party leader Kem Sokha after he refused to attend court for questioning over an alleged ...

Taing Vida

CNRP leader diversifies social media playbook

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has waded into the Twittersphere, using his first tweet to congratulate US President-elect Donald Trump on his victory, and later calling on the few Cambodians who use the site to register to vote in next year’s commune elections. ...  ...

Alex Willemyns

Voter registration lags with 12 days remaining

Election officials toured the country during this week’s Water Festival holiday to investigate a recent sharp drop-off in the pace of voter registrations, but no glaring issues were found, a National Election Committee (NEC) spokesman said on Wednesday. ...  ...

Kuch Naren

Police force to provide ‘security’ during upcoming elections

National Police deputy chief Kirth Chantharith will head a team to handle security during upcoming elections, with the group to decide upon the placement of “national security agents” for voters’ protection, according to a statement. ... ...

Mech Dara

New parties to register

As Cambodia inches closer to the 2017 commune elections, the Interior Ministry has implored all of the Kingdom’s political parties to get their affairs in order and finish the necessary paperwork so their organization is listed on the ballot. ... ...

May Titthara

Monitor says NEC selection opaque

The watchdog coalition Electoral Reform Alliance (ERA) yesterday voiced concern after the National Election Committee short-listed its incumbent secretary-general Tep Nytha as a candidate to hold the position, accusing the nine-member body of lacking transparency in its selection process. ... ...

Vong Sokheng

For reform agenda, CPP takes cues from CNRP

In the aftermath of the 2013 election, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered his colleagues in the ruling CPP to stand before a mirror and cleanse themselves of the sins that had almost allowed a united opposition led by Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha to sweep ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren

Hun Many says goal is to be prime minister

Hun Many, the youngest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen and a CPP lawmaker, revealed during a radio show on Wednesday his ambition to follow in his father’s footsteps and become the future prime minister. ... ...

Kuch Naren

Cambodian PM vows dual nationality ban for politicians

Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen vowed on Monday (Dec 28) to create a new law banning political party leaders from holding dual nationality, a move targeting his arch-rival who has fled overseas. ... ...

AFP News Staff

Opposition leader calls for politeness in politics

Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy has called for politicians to speak politely and refrain from using insults in political debate. ...CPP spokesman Sok Eysan welcomed Rainsy’s statement, agreeing that political campaigning should focus on policies rather than personal insults. ... ...

Hul Reaksmey

Rainsy pledges to return home before 2018 national election

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who went into exile after a warrant for his arrest was handed down last month, said on Friday that he would return to Cambodia before the next national election in July 2018. ... ...

Aun Pheap

Voter registration trial praised in spite of setbacks

The Electoral Reform Alliance yesterday held a roundtable discussion to pore over the results of a two-week trial of a new voter registration system. ... ...

Vong Sokheng

CNRP: Sam Rainsy likely unable to stand as candidate for next election

Senior figures of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has expressed concerns that the CNRP leader Sam Rainsy who have been ousted from the National Assembly last week. ... ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Cambodian Premier reconfirms the next election dates

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen reconfirmed here yesterday afternoon the dates for the next commune/Sangkat council election and national election, the State News Agency-AKP report. ... ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

In Myanmar election, lessons for Cambodia

A Cambodian election observer in Myanmar says the country’s process holds lessons for Cambodia. ...Yet the NLD and the ruling junta have tried to resolve their differences, leading up to the opposition’s election victory, said Koul Panha, who has been in Myanmar since Nov. 3, ...

Sok Khemara

Myanmar President congratulates Suu Kyi on election result

Myanmar President Thein Sein has congratulated opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy Party (NLD) for their apparent landslide victory in this week's parliamentary elections over the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). ... ...

Steve Herman

Cambodia’s opposition seeking support for free and fair elections

Cambodia’s opposition leaders are visiting Japan this week, calling on support for improved democracy in Cambodia through free and fair elections.The visit of Sam Rainsy, the president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, and Kem Sokha, the party’s vice president, coincides with the long-awaited election ...

Neou Vannarin

Amid tensions, two sides vow to continue political dialogue

Officials from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party say they will continue political talks, despite last week’s assault of two opposition lawmakers and the removal of Rescue Party Vice President Kem Sokha from his senior post at the National ...

Neou Vannarin

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