Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party decides to close

The Human Rights Party closed yesterday of its own accord, officially removing itself from any conversation about potential challengers to the ruling party in the absence of the CNRP. The move was met with mixed responses yesterday – with some lamenting the loss of a “back-up” ...

Mech Dara and Erin Handley

Analysis: If the CNRP is dissolved, CPP’s efforts to rid itself of a challenger will be realised

In 2012, a little over a month after the Human Rights Party and Sam Rainsy Party won a combined 40 commune chief positions in local elections, the two groups met in Manila, finally agreeing on what had been bandied about for years: a united opposition ...

Ananth Baliga and Mech Dara

Politics not quite all in the family

Kem Sokhon, the brother of Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy president Kem Sokha, is continuing to progress through government ranks. Sokhon – who has been openly critical of his brother’s policies since defecting from the opposition – told the Post yesterday he is now an adviser to senior ...

Meas Sokchea

Hun Sen Offers ‘Back Pay’ to Ousted Opposition Lawmakers

Prime Minister Hun Sen has offered to pay back the lost salaries of opposition lawmakers who were stripped of their parliamentary posts in June by the then CPP-led National Assembly, a CNRP official said. The offer to back-pay the 27 lawmakers from the Sam Rainsy Party ...

Colin Meyn

Cambodia to spend 21 mln USD for July general election

Cambodia will spend about 21 million U.S. dollars to cover for the [sic] proceedings of the general elections on July 28, a senior official at the National Election Committee (NEC) said Friday. “The budget for the forthcoming elections is about 21 million U.S. dollars, up from ...

Sam Rainsy deleted from Voter Registration

The National Election Committee (NEC) has removed opposition leader Sam Rainsy from the voter list for next year’s national election on the grounds that he is a convicted criminal, an NEC official said yesterday. The decision means that even if Mr. Rainsy is granted a royal ...

PM mocks pay-rise promises

Prime Minister Hun Sen mockingly declared that opposition pledges to increase the salaries of civil servants marked the arrival of “the season of promises” ahead of next year’s elections, during a speech yesterday. The premier deemed boosting salaries by reducing tax losses attributed to graft unfeasible  because ...

Land, Borders Reemerge as Top Issues for 2013 Elections

With national elections less than a year away, ruling party officials have begun a publicity campaign to show they are tackling tough issues facing the country, such as border delineation and land grabs, but opposition leaders say the Cambodian People’s Party cannot claim it has ...

Budget pushed through

Cambodia’s 2012 budget passed through the National Assembly yesterday unopposed, without a single question asked and no parliamentary debate in a situation the government, opposition and observers all said was unfortunate. It took just over three hours for the law to be passed, 86 to 0, ...

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