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Poll criticism a ‘serious insult’, PM tells the UN

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday, Hun Sen defended July’s national elections and hit out at criticism from certain unnamed countries, calling them a “serious insult” to the will of the Cambodian people that showed “the ambition to interfere” in the ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/poll-criticism-serious-insult-pm-tells-un

PM vows to step down if CPP loses

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday reiterated his promise to willingly hand over power to a new leader should he lose the July 29 national elections. However, he was quick to point out that he expects to maintain his position as there isn’t any other ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-vows-step-down-if-cpp-loses

Grassroots party lays out policy platform

The Grassroots Democratic Party has created a 125-point policy document outlining its priorities were it to be elected to office in the July national elections. The fledgling party has said that it will contest the elections, though any further deterioration in the country’s current political ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/grassroots-party-lays-out-policy-platform

US says more sanctions on table in response to political crackdown

Visiting US State Department official W Patrick Murphy yesterday warned that further punitive action could be forthcoming in response to the government’s recent crackdown on the main opposition, while repeatedly pointing to the US’s warm relationship with the people of Cambodia – if not their ...

Andrew Nachemson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/us-says-more-sanctions-table-response-political-crackdown

Economists assail opposition proposal to ditch US dollars

Economists on Tuesday lambasted the CNRP’s proposal to eliminate the use of U.S. dollars for transactions in the country within one year of a victory in next year’s national elections, saying the policy would be “a disaster” and “impossible.” ...

Brendan O’byrne
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/economists-assail-opposition-proposal-to-ditch-us-dollars-131307/

Carving Tbong Khmum from Kampong Cham may see CPP gain assembly seat

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking place in what was then the Kingdom’s most populous province. ...

Mech Dara and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/carving-tbong-khmum-kampong-cham-may-see-cpp-gain-assembly-seat

Opposition's strong showing in Cambodia vote may signal change in election landscape

Although the official results will not be released until June 25, the closely watched vote for Cambodia’s commune council elections showed the opposition’s growing strength and suggest that the national elections in 2018 will be a race between two parties. ...

Men Kimseng
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/opposition-has-strong-showing-in-cambodia-commune-vote-may-signal-change-in-election-landscape/3890338.html

PM christens school with warnings of war

With crucial local elections around the corner and a national contest set for next year, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday returned to warning Cambodians that a vote for anyone but the long-ruling CPP was a vote for plunging the country back into the bloody ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/pm-christens-school-with-warnings-of-war-125951/

PM scorns suppression threat

Prime Minister Hun Sen has scorned a threat to suppress the CPP if the ruling party fails to accept the loss of power in national elections next year. Mr. Hun Sen warned anyone committing to the suppression plan before the election results are announced officially, saying ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35771/pm-scorns-suppression-threat/

Gov’t pushes census to 2019

The 2018 national population census will be pushed back a year in order to focus on the 2018 national elections, the government announced on Friday. According to article 6 of the Statistics Law, the census must be conducted at least once every 10 years, with the ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30167/gov---t-pushes-census-to-2019/

Koh Pich Awash With Development, but Don’t Ask for Details

Business is booming on Koh Pich. Since development began in 2006—and about 300 families were pushed off what was then farmland—the island has slowly grown into the symbol of commercial modernity in Phnom Penh. The developer, Overseas Cam­bodia Investment Corp., is also extending the island by ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/koh-pich-awash-with-development-but-dont-ask-for-details-36411/

Cambodian opposition chief arrives home after 4 years in exile

Cambodia’s charismatic opposition leader Sam Rainsy arrived in his home country on Friday morning after spending nearly four years abroad in self-imposed exile to avoid an 11-year prison sentence on charges of disinformation and destruction of public property. Hun Sen said his request to the ...

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-07/19/c_132555198.htm

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/

Congressional Hearing in US Pushes Cut to Cambodian Aid

At a congressional hearing in Washington on Tuesday that scathingly rebuked Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling CPP, a U.S. lawmaker called for legislation to cut American aid to Cambodia following the national election on July 28. Representative Steve Chabot, who chaired the House Subcom­mittee ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/congressional-hearing-in-us-pushes-cut-to-cambodian-aid-34389/

Unlike Past Elections, Property Investors Remain Buoyant

Ahead of elections 10 years ago, people across the country would hoard rice in case the vote sent the country spiraling into a state of turmoil. Businesses across the country would bide their time before making any major investments. And those who could afford to ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/elections/unlike-past-elections-property-investors-remain-buoyant-32542/

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