Lawmakers to take oaths today

All 125 elected CPP members will today attend the National Assembly’s first session and take oaths to be lawmakers before King Norodom Sihamoni. The National Assembly’s secretary-general Leng Penglong said yesterday that the King will preside over the opening session today with the presence of ...

Taing Vida

New NEC members insist they are neutral

Nuth Sokhom, former Funcinpec lawmaker; Hel Sarat, formerly of the Cambodian Nationality Party; and Dim Sovannarom, former deputy director of the government’s human rights body, were all confirmed to the NEC, replacing three CNRP-nominated members who resigned in protest of the party’s dissolution in November. ...

Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson

Lawmakers Reject Petition

Lawmakers from Cambodia’s ruling party on Monday refused to accept a petition from hundreds of people who held a rally calling for the government’s help in resolving land disputes, drawing criticism from activists who questioned the effectiveness of the country’s parliament. The appeal, which contained more ...

National Assembly Lawmakers Reject SRP Budget Suggestions

Lawmakers at the National Assembly yesterday debated the government’s plan for public spending next year, with the opposition challenging the government’s plans to rack up more foreign debt. Since the draft of the 2013 budget was released last month, the opposition has come forward with detailed ...

National Election Committee Dismisses Criticism of Reform

At the ceremony yesterday making the official start of the National Election Committee’s new mandate, NEC chairman Im Suosdey criticized the U.N. human rights envoy to Cambodia for taking an exceedingly harsh view of the country’s much derided electoral system. In a July report to the ...

Land-grabbing letter hits nerve

The government yesterday lashed out at a letter sent by opposition lawmakers to the World Bank that urged the bank to increase pressure on the government to end forced evictions, land grabbing and threats against community members involved in land disputes with well-connected companies. Council ...

US Debt Woes Could Affect Cambodia, Conference Told

Cambodia is concerned that US debt could lead to rising import costs. US lawmakers are currently trying to pass a deficit-cut deal before Aug. 2 when the US reaches its own debt ceiling of $14.3 trillion. Without a deal the US would default on its ...

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