Cambodia's 2 prominent opposition lawmakers fail in votes for key parliament posts

Yim Sovann and Mu Sochua, both prominent lawmakers of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), failed in votes for the posts of chairpersons of the National Assembly's commissions in confidential votes on Wednesday. The CNRP nominated male-lawmaker Yim Sovann as the head of the National ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Cambodian PM says state's institutions to be strengthened after opposition ends parliament boycott

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that the state's institutions will be further strengthened after the opposition ended a 10-months long boycott of parliament over disputed election results in July last year. "The normalcy of all state institutions in the legislative, executive and judicial ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Cambodian opposition MPs attend session for 1st time after boycott

 All fifty-five Members of Parliaments (MPs) from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) attended a parliamentary session for the first time on Friday after they had boycotted the parliament for 10 months following a disputed election results in July last year. CNRP's president Sam Rainsy ...

Global Post News Staff

Cambodian opposition's 55 lawmakers to swear into parliament on Tuesday

The Cambodian opposition's 55 lawmakers-elect will be sworn in at the parliament on Tuesday afternoon, ending a 10-month long boycott of the parliament over disputed election results in July last year. "All the opposition lawmakers-elect, led by Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Two points of CNRP's draft Constitution amendment need further discussion: Sar Kheng

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said that two points of the draft Constitution amendment sent by Sam Rainsy need to be discussed further. The two points are immunity and autonomous budget for National Election Committee (NEC). "We needed to discuss further over the request to grant immunity ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Group urges political parties to focus on reform details

A group of NGOs is urging Cambodia’s two main political parties not to rush the election reform process. Instead, the Electoral Reform Alliance says the ruling party and opposition should ensure they have completed the reform process before they open a National Assembly session, which would ...

Kong Sothanarith

Sam Rainsy replaces Kuoy Bunroeun as Kg Cham lawmaker

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy says that he will be lawmaker representing Kampong Cham province by replacing Kuoy Bunroeun who will be member of National Election Committee. ...   ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

UN Rights Envoy meets with interior minister, opposition leader

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Friday met with visiting U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi, who spent the first week of his 11th mission to Cambodia following up on electoral, labor and legislative reform. The special rapporteur later met with CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha, who ...

Khuon Narim

UN Envoy to Gauge Progress of Rights, Reforms in Cambodia

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, will visit the country next week to assess the government’s progress in improving human rights and democratic and land reforms, his office said Wednesday. During the 10-day fact-finding mission, beginning June ...

Joshua Lipes

‘People’s congress’ to test ban

Opposition leaders yesterday announced plans to hold a thousands-strong “people’s congress” in the capital’s Freedom Park on Sunday, despite a ban on gatherings at the site. Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy and vice-president Kem Sokha, following their return from overseas trips to Australia, New ...

Meas Sokchea and Daniel Pye

Defense Minister warns against attempts to ‘topple’ government

Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh on Tuesday offered grave warnings to anyone who “tries to topple the current government.” The minister appeared to be addressing the opposition, which has said it will call for mass demonstrations if election reform is not enacted by the ruling Cambodian ...

Heng Reaksmey,

NEC Calls for Council Election Candidates

The National Election Committee (NEC) on Tuesday called on political parties to send in lists of proposed candidates who wish to be considered in the upcoming municipal, provincial, city and district council elections, which are scheduled for May 18. NEC President Im Suosdey said at a ...

Hul Reaksmey

US Passes Bill to Suspend Some Aid to Cambodia

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a spending bill that would suspend some funding to Cambodia until the government carries out an independent investigation of July’s disputed national election and reforms its electoral system, or until the opposition ends its boycott of parliament. The ...

Zsombor Peter

‘An act of coup d’etat’

Dozens of ruling party lawmakers have signed a letter calling opposition demands for a re-election or the resignation of Prime Minister Hun Sen an attempted coup. The letter, signed by 54 Cambodian People’s Party lawmakers including senior MP Cheam Yeap on Friday and released to the ...

Daniel Pye and Meas Sokchea

Rule hanging over NA

A ruling party lawmaker and parliamentary spokesman said yesterday that the National Assembly will consider invoking an internal rule that could force the opposition party to replace its elected lawmakers with lower-ranked candidates from within the party if their boycott continues beyond a deadline. Principle 83 ...

Kevin Ponniah and Chhay Channyda

Cambodia’s Opposition Calls for Halt to Foreign Investment, Loans

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government as the two sides remained stalled in talks in a deadlock over disputed national elections. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said in a public statement that it could not guarantee that any agreements made with Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian ...

Radio Free Asia News Staff

Media Groups Call On ‘Political Elite’ to Protect Reporters

More than a dozen journalism and hu­man rights groups have called on Cambodia’s political forces to protect journalists and guarantee citizens’ access to an open and unobstructed press during the current political unrest. In a statement released Wednesday, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media, along with ...

Lindsey Peterson

CPP Readies for One-Party Vote On Assembly Committees

Senior CPP members selected nominees for the National Assembly’s nine permanent committees behind closed doors on Tuesday, while the opposition CNRP, which has continued to boycott the Assembly over July’s disputed election, urged some of Cambodia’s foreign donors to immediately sever ties with the government ...

Hul Reaksmey

Report Says Election Results Not Reflective of People’s Will

Transparency International Cambodia (TIC) on Thursday concluded in a report that official results of the July 28 national election released by the National Election Committee (NEC) do not reflect the will of the people due to widespread irregularities occurring both before and on election day. The ...

Lauren Crothers

Anonymous Hacks Government Websites

Anonymous Cambodia, a group of local computer hackers, has claimed responsibility for disrupting at least three government websites since Saturday and vowed additional hacking attacks to protest against July’s “unfair” election, according to the group’s Facebook page and Twitter account. Since Saturday, the hackers have attacked ...

Joshua Wilwohl

Cambodia sees fewer female lawmakers in upcoming parliament

Twenty-five out of the 123 lawmakers elected during the July 28 national election are female, the official election results have shown. Sunday. The figures indicated that the number of women-lawmakers in the upcoming fifth legislature of the National Assembly is lower than that of the previous ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

Days-long sit-in planned by CNRP

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy yesterday told supporters in Kandal province to pack up their bed mats, pillows and rice and prepare for the long haul as he and deputy Kem Sokha outlined plans for a sit-in at Freedom Park that could drag on for days ...

Meas Sokchea and Stuart White

Senior CPP Officials Agree to Give Up Lawmaker Positions

The National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday said that a host of senior ruling party officials had resigned from their elected posts in Parliament in order to allow lawmakers lower down the party’s rostrum of candidates to be given a seat in the National Assembly. “The ...

Phorn Bopha

Reform talk from CPP

The Cambodian People’s Party is prepared to make sweeping changes during its fifth government mandate, including improving the often-criticised judiciary and prioritising social justice, a government spokesman said. This “period of reform” would see deep-seated changes across a number of ministries in response to grievances expressed ...

Kevin Ponniah

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