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

Cambodia’s close China ties concern observers

Cambodia’s large and growing debt to its northern ally China is a growing concern for observers who worry about the undue influence this may afford the regional superpower. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Cambodia heaps praise on U.S.-Vietnam climate accord

Officials and environmentalists have congratulated Vietnam and the United States on a recent climate changed agreement signed between the two former adversaries, saying the co-operation will have a positive impact on mitigating the effects of the phenomenon in the region. ...

Phorn Bopha

CPP spokesman in court over defamation suit

The ruling CPP’s defamation case against prominent political analyst Ou Virak moved forward on Friday as the Phnom Penh Municipal Court questioned party spokesman Sok Eysan. ...

Sek Odom and George Wright

Hun Sen says peace trumps free expression

A day after the ruling party filed a defamation complaint against one of the country’s most prominent political commentators, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday defended limitations on freedom of speech as being necessary for peace and stability. ...

Taylor O'Connell and Kang Sothear

PM threatens to use courts to silence pundits, with Virak top of list

 Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for legal action against those who “twist” the truth to malign the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, taking aim at the nation’s political analysts and commentators, with one of its most prominent, Ou Virak, the first in the crosshairs.  ...

Ananth Baliga and Meas Sokchea

Still lessons to learn for Cambodians watching U.S. election campaign

The ongoing presidential election campaign in the United States may be one of the more unseemly the country has seen, but observers and politicians in Cambodia say their country still has a lot to learn from the American democratic process. ...

Phorn Bopha

Interior minister says land near borders not for rent

Interior Minister Sar Kheng reminded governors of border provinces yesterday to pay special attention to issues surrounding the lease of Cambodian land to foreign nationals. ...

Ros Chanveasna

‘Where can I go if the people still vote for me?’

Prime Minister Hun Sen used a forum on public financial management reform yesterday to defend his dramatically announced Cabinet reshuffle last week from criticism that it was trivial in substance. ...

Taing Vida

Information minister rebukes officials

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith yesterday said some officials within his ministry were failing to carry out the work required by their positions and were focused on personal gain rather than work. ...

Ros Chanveasna

US-ASEAN Summit boosted ties with US, Hun Sen says

A two-day summit between US President Barack Obama and leaders of ASEAN ended Wednesday with 17 points of a joint declaration, aimed at strengthening between Southeast Asia and the US. ...

Neou Vannarin

Minister of interior addresses ‘gaps’ in democracy

Cambodia’s acting Prime Minister while Mr. Hun Sen is out of the country for the US-ASEAN summit, Interior Minister Sar Kheng, acknowledged that there are “gaps” in the implementation of democracy in Cambodia during a speech to the National Police Academy on Tuesday, but warned ...

Taing Vida

Analysts urge caution in trans-pacific partnership with US

Cambodian officials say they are considering joining the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, but analysts say the country is a long way from being a part of the regional trade pact. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Think tank proposals focus on foreign policy

Cambodia’s Future Forum think tank yesterday marked Independence Day by releasing its first set of proposals, calling on the ruling and opposition parties to form a unified foreign policy ahead of the 2018 election. ...

Alice Cuddy

Kem Sokha says there’s no racism in Cambodia

Two days after Prime Minister Hun Sen told the U.N.’s new special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia to focus her efforts on tackling racial discrimination, deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday used a Cham Muslim religious ceremony to argue that there is no ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren

Ministry defends pro-CPP speech at university

The Education Ministry on Monday defended a pro-CPP speech delivered to some 1,500 students at a university in Phnom Penh on Sunday, reasoning that the school did not breach the ministry’s new directive against political activity at academic institutions because classes had finished for the ...

Aun Chhengpor

New laws in Cambodia to help ruling party in 2018 election

Cambodia’s ruling party suffered a dramatic drop in support during the country’s last election two years ago, and critics say lawmakers are now pushing through a spate of laws to ensure that does not happen again. In the past year, parliament has passed new regulations ...

Robert Carmichael

Cambodia-Vietnam border spat reveals shifting alliances

As tension rises along an undemarcated border section with Vietnam in Ratanakkiri province, analysts say the government’s newfound toughness against Hanoi reflects rising Chinese influence here. ...

Va Sonyka and Donald Lee

Chea Sim’s death unlikely to upset order inside ruling party

In the wake of Chea Sim’s death, analysts say Prime Minister Hun Sen will hold even more power within his own party, though many agree that the internal politics of the party won’t change all that much. ...

Sok Khemara

Cambodia ranks poorly in rule of law index

Cambodia received one of the lowest scores in the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index 2015, released Tuesday, ranking 99 out of 102 countries surveyed. ...

Holly Robertson

US congressional delegation wraps up Cambodia visit

A US delegation led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House minority leader, wrapped up two days of meetings in Cambodia on Tuesday, having met with Prime Minister Hun Sen and key rights and democracy workers. ...

Sok Khemara

US congressional delegation wraps up Cambodia visit

A US delegation led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House minority leader, wrapped up two days of meetings in Cambodia on Tuesday, having met with Prime Minister Hun Sen and key rights and democracy workers. ...

Sok Khemara

NA seat count leads to concern

The allocation of two new seats to Preah Sihanouk province and absence of seats for Phnom Penh in the recently distributed draft law on electoral reform has prompted concerns that attempts are being made to manipulate the playing field ahead of the 2018 election. Ou Virak, ...

Daniel Pye and Vong Sokheng

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