Ruling party forms historic coalition

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is set to sign a “Cooperation and Coalition Agreement” with 27 other parties at an event to be presided over by CPP president and former prime minister Hun Sen on October 25. ...

Kim Yutharo

29 parties seek SCC membership

Among the more than 40 political parties registered with the Ministry of Interior, 29 have applied for membership in the Supreme Consultative Council (SCC).​ ...

Soth Koemsoeun

Cambodia’s political parties release election plans

Political parties of Cambodia have announced their respective manifestos for the upcoming 21-day National Election campaigns across the nation, highlighting their past achievements and making promises to gain people’s support, local media reported. ...

Khmer Times Staff

‘Parties free to operate without discrimination’

Political parties that have registered with the Ministry of Interior have the right to operate freely and without discrimination, a senior official said, though some parties and civil society organisations remain concerned about practices that could give some an unfair competitive advantage. ...

Lay Samean

Four parties’ requests for improved political atmosphere reviewed

The Ministry of Interior is reviewing a seven-point proposal made by four political parties – Candlelight (CP), Khmer Will (KWP), Cambodia Reform (CRP) and Grassroots Democratic (GDP) – for authorities to create a favourable atmosphere in the lead-up to elections. ...

Nov Sivutha

10 parties sign anti-alcohol pledges

Ten of the 17 political parties which are contesting the June 5 commune council elections signed a joint letter on May 24, promising to curb the effects of alcohol use – and promote young women entrepreneurs – if they are elected.   ...

Nov Sivutha

Candlelight Party congress issues official policy plans

The Candlelight Party has decided to adopt a seven-point policy plan in the run-up to the June 5 commune council elections. The decision came at the May 15 extraordinary congress of the party in Khmuonh commune’s Anlong Kgan village of the capital’s Sen Sok district. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

5% more women in commune polls

Hang Puthea, National Election Committee (NEC) spokesman, on Monday said that 17 political parties have fielded a total of 86,042 candidates, among them 27,813 are females, equivalent to about 32 percent. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

CPP sets goals for this year

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on Saturday held its 42nd congress at the Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre in the capital to review its achievements for last year and set this year’s targets. Presided by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is also CPP president, ...

Mech Dara

Ex-CNRP form political party

Former members of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and other activists on Thursday announced the formation of a new political party called the Cambodian Nation Love Party (CNLP) to continue the CNRP’s legacy and participate in future elections. One of the party’s ...

Niem Chheng

Six parties fined for not providing annual reports

The Interior Ministry is set to fine six political parties for not submitting their annual reports and financial statements for two consecutive years. Bun Honn, a ministry secretary of state, yesterday said the six parties are among 44 which are registered in the Kingdom. Speaking ...

Taing Vida

UN concerned over political crackdown

UN human rights experts have expressed concern about what they call an escalating trend of silencing political opinion, saying the government has used criminal law to deny former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members’ the rights to expression and to hold gatherings. However, senior government ...

Khorn Savi

Three parties to kick off campaigns this weekend

The National Election Committee yesterday said that three out of seven political parties registered for the sub-national elections will kick off their campaigns on the main streets in Phnom Penh over the weekend. In a statement, the NEC noted that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party ...

Taing Vida

New name for Real Camerin’s political party gets approval

The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday gave its approval to Real Camerin to name his new political party the Khmer Conservative Party, after his first proposal, the Khmer Empire Party, was denied last month. Camerin, a former lawmaker of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue ...

Niem Chheng

Political parties grow by six to 44 after registration last year

Forty-four political parties are registered to legally conduct activities in the Kingdom, according to an Interior Ministry report. The report, obtained by Khmer Times yesterday, said six new parties were registered last year, bringing the total to 44. ...

Taing Vida

Supreme Consultative Council officially created

King Norodom Sihamoni has legitimised the Supreme Consultative Council and appointed 30 representatives of 15 political parties as advisors to the government at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.   ...

Taing Vida

Cambodia: voters to choose between economic development and democracy

In less than four weeks, millions of Cambodians will head to the polling stations to exercise their democratic right to shape their country’s future. It will be the country’s biggest festival of democracy as 20 political parties are taking part despite a call for a ...

Veeramalla Anjaiah

PM calls for ethical party campaigns

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday called on all political parties to campaign ethically and refrain from attacking their competitors using improper rhetoric during the election campaign period as the upcoming national election nears.​ ...

Khuon Narim

What’s missing from Cambodia’s democracy?

In a nationally televised speech after the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen declared that “the government will commit to protecting the multiparty democracy process.” Indeed, 20 parties have submitted applications to compete in this year’s national ...

Andrew Nachemson

NEC extends window for remaining four parties

The National Election Committee yesterday officially recognised 16 political parties to contest the upcoming national election while extending a five-day window to review documents from four remaining parties. ...

Khuon Narim

Hun Sen presses local officials to ‘facilitate’ the poll process

Prime Minister Hun Sen, in a speech on Monday, ordered officials to “facilitate” the campaign process for all political parties, including the opposition, a seeming about-face, as they had recently reported being hindered and harassed. ...

Ben Sokhean

Four parties to square off in February Senate vote

The National Election Committee (NEC) said only four political parties had registered to contest the February Senate elections, from which the country’s main opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, will be excluded following its widely condemned dissolution by the Supreme Court in November. ...

Niem Chheng

List of new National Assembly members approved

The National Election Committee (NEC) has approved new candidates to fill National Assembly seats left vacant by the dissolution of the opposition, drastically changing the composition of Cambodia’s parliament and providing a shot in the arm for the ailing royalist Funcinpec party. ...

Niem Chheng and Ananth Baliga

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