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Eighteen of 20 parties now in forum after GDP, OMLP join

Two more parties have decided to participate in the Consultation Forum, which had its inaugural meeting last week. This brings its membership to 18 of the 20 parties that participated in the July 29 national elections. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eighteen-20-parties-now-forum-after-gdp-omlp-join

Parties express satisfaction with ballot slot positions

While Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed satisfaction at his Cambodian People’s Party’s (CPP) 20th spot on the list, the Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) expressed surprise at having drawn the same number that the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) drew in the last election. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/parties-express-satisfaction-ballot-slot-positions

Hun Sen presses local officials to ‘facilitate’ the poll process

Prime Minister Hun Sen, in a speech on Monday, ordered officials to “facilitate” the campaign process for all political parties, including the opposition, a seeming about-face, as they had recently reported being hindered and harassed. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-presses-local-officials-facilitate-poll-process

‘Middle way’, outside shot: GDP members see victory in July election as a possibility

Ever since the dissolution of the main opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, the progressive Grassroots Democracy Party has found itself between a rock and a hard place. Many have called for them to boycott an election that is no longer fully democratic. As one ...

Andrew Nachemson and Yon Sineat
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-post-depth-politics/middle-way-outside-shot-gdp-members-see-victory-july-election

GDP to focus on government efficiency

The Grassroots Democracy Party yesterday suggested taking a pin to Cambodia’s inflated bureaucracy, saying it would campaign on a proposal to reduce the number of ministries from 23 to just 15 in order to improve efficiency and cut wasteful spending. ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/gdp-focus-government-efficiency

CNRP’s predecessor parties reject GDP call to run in July election

The fledgling Grassroots Democracy Party appealed yesterday to the predecessors of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party to contest this year’s upcoming elections in a bid to dilute the ruling party’s vote share – an offer they quickly turned down. ...

Ben Sokhean and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cnrps-predecessor-parties-reject-gdp-call-run-july-election

GDP announces policies

Seemingly sounding the 2018 election bugle, the nascent Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) yesterday released five major policy initiatives it will implement if it manages the herculean task of winning against the incumbent Cambodian People’s Party. ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/gdp-announces-policies

Former party of Kem Ley to run nationwide in 2018

The Grassroots Democracy Party, co-founded by slain political analyst Kem Ley, has announced it will compete in the national elections next year in all provinces, though analysts yesterday doubted that it would be able to mount a serious challenge to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. ...

Ben Sokhean and Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/former-party-kem-ley-run-nationwide-2018

Kem Ley lives on for Grassroots Democracy Party in elections

After Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) candidates for the upcoming commune elections took their seats inside the leafy grounds of the party headquarters in Phnom Penh for a pre-election congress on Thursday, they rose to their feet and bowed their heads in remembrance of their founding ...

George Wright and Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/kem-ley-lives-grassroots-democracy-party-elections-130233/

PM’s sons begin to take center stage

As Prime Minister Hun Sen ages, more and more talk is surfacing of his sons taking his mantle and leading the country into the future. Two were in the spotlight this past week as they bolster their credentials for their eventual rise to the top ...

Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/16893/pm---s-sons-begin-to-take-center-stage/

Grassroots party hopes to play kingmaker in National Assembly

Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) secretary-general Sam Inn said Wednesday the new party is aiming to win enough National Assembly seats in the 2018 election to play kingmaker in a scenario in which neither the ruling CPP nor opposition CNRP win enough seats to form government. ...

Alex Willemyns
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/grassroots-party-hopes-to-play-kingmaker-in-national-assembly-93264/

Border dispute turned into ‘popularity contest’

The newly formed Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) called on the country’s two largest political parties to put the national interest ahead of their own, as it released documents outlining its internal structure and code of ethics over the weekend. ...

Chea Takihiro
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/14481/---border-dispute-turned-into-popularity-contest---/

New party takes a new step

The recently formed Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) has taken another step in joining the political mainstream, announcing the appointment of a spokesman yesterday. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/14353/new-party-takes-a-new-step/

Interior minister approves registration for two new political parties

Deputy Prime Minister and minister of interior Sar Kheng approved for two new political parties—the Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) and Khmer Solidarity Party  (KSP) to contest in the upcoming 2017 commune/Sangkat council and the 2018 National Election.  ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/interior-minister-approves-registration-for-two-new-political-parties-8803

Grassroots democracy party elects old faces

The Grassroots Democracy Party, a brainchild of “Khmer for Khmer” advocacy group leader Kem Ley, held its inaugural congress in Phnom Penh on Sunday, electing—unopposed—Mr. Ley’s close colleague Yeng Virak as temporary leader despite vows of a new style of politics. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/grassroots-democracy-party-elects-old-faces-90420/

New political party unveiled in Cambodia to contest in 2018 elections

A handful of human rights activists and social researchers on Sunday jointly formed a political party to contest in the 2018 national elections although a political analyst said that small parties are hard to win even a seat. ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-08/02/c_134472537.htm

Grassroots democracy party to hold its inaugural congress

The Grassroots Democracy Party, the creation of political analyst and “Khmer for Khmer” advocacy group founder Kem Ley, will hold its inaugural congress on Sunday and register as a party on Monday, Mr. Ley said Tuesday. ...

Alex Willemyns
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/grassroots-democracy-party-to-hold-its-inaugural-congress-89838/

Kem Ley to form national party

Former analyst and researcher Kem Ley will register a new national-level political party with the Ministry of Interior in August to serve as a model of pluralistic “intraparty democracy”, the political aspirant said. Titled the Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP), Ley said the party would be the ...

Bennett Murray
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kem-ley-form-national-party

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