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NEC: Seven parties registered for council elections

Seven parties have registered to take part in the 3rd Mandate Council Elections after the March 7-11 registration period concluded on Monday, the NEC has announced. NEC spokesman Hang Puthea told The Post on Monday that the seven parties registered to participate are the ruling ...

Deputy PM Prak Sokhonn holds Australia bilateral cooperation talks

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn met with Australian Senate president Scott Ryan on Saturday to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two nations. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Ket Sophann could not be reached for comment on Sunday, ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deputy-pm-prak-sokhonn-holds-australia-bilateral-cooperation-talks

King signs Article 45 amendment paving way for opposition return

The change to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties has gone into effect after King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on the amendment on Sunday. It gives the prime minister the power to request the return of political rights to those banned by the ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/king-signs-article-45-amendment-paving-way-opposition-return

PM: Programme to recover Vietnam War missing back on

Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced the resumption of the MIA programme to recover the remains of American service personnel missing after action on Cambodian soil during the Vietnam War. The programme was suspended for more than a year after the US government imposed visa ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-programme-recover-vietnam-war-missing-back

CPP hails parliament sweep

After winning all 125 seats in the National Assembly, senior officers of the Cambodian People’s Party on Thursday defended their victory by taking to international and local media to call out countries that condemned the election. They also criticised members of a former opposition party. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-hails-parliament-sweep

CPP sweeps National Assembly as figures from elections come in

Even before the National Election Committee (NEC) had announced the official results of Sunday’s national polls, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) said on Monday that it had managed to secure more than 77 per cent of the popular vote. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-sweeps-national-assembly-figures-elections-come

China leader lays praise on Kingdom

Marking 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Hua Chunying, spokesman for China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, said: “Although Cambodia is a small country, it showed its strong will in resisting pressure and other political influences.” ...

Meas Sokchea
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/china-leader-lays-praise-kingdom

GDP stays in election race

The Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) has turned back from its earlier warning that it could withdraw from participating in the July 29 national elections, it announced on Sunday. The party said it made the decision as the atmosphere of resistance from the Kingdom’s authorities had ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gdp-stays-election-race

Officials dismiss HRW report

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the National Police have dismissed complaints by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that high-ranking members of the armed forces campaigned for it before and during the election period – a violation of the Cambodian constitution. ...

Meas Sokchea and Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-dismiss-hrw-report

Prince Thomico denies Fresh News story that he is leading group to destroy polls

Prince Sisowath Thomico, a cousin of King Norodom Sihamoni, strenuously denied a Fresh News report that he was the mastermind behind a group of opposition activists planning to disrupt the July 29 national elections. The report on Monday said that on a recent evening, a ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prince-thomico-denies-fresh-news-story-he-leading-group-destroy-polls

CPP sees voter turnout higher than 80 percent

A Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) official said the process for the upcoming elections is going “smoothly” and predicted that those who had registered to cast their ballots will do so. He said as it stands, over 80 percent of those who are registered to vote ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-sees-voter-turnout-higher-80-percent

PM warns unions ahead of poll

In a closed-door meeting with garment industry union leaders on Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered his audience to ensure that factory workers don’t organise political protests or associate with the remnants of the now-dissolved opposition party. While no audio from the speech was released ...

Yon Sineat, Ben Sokhean and Andrew Nachemson
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-warns-unions-ahead-poll

Election will go forward without NGO observers, official says

The upcoming national election on July 29 will take place as scheduled despite no officials from civil society being registered to monitor the process, a senior CPP official said yesterday. Sok Eysan, spokesman for the ruling CPP, said that the national election was approaching and ...

Mom Sophon
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50299670/election-will-go-forward-without-ngo-observers-official-says/

Hun Sen: No one negotiates better than me in 'history of world leaders'

In a boast reminiscent of US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Hun Sen went on a tangent on Wednesday before thousands of garment workers in Por Sen Chey district extolling his negotiating prowess, calling himself one of the top negotiators in the “history of world ...

Ben Sokhean and Quinn Libson
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-no-one-negotiates-better-me-history-world-leaders

Senior CPP members urging citizens to vote in coming elections

Four months out from the July elections, senior Cambodian People’s Party officials at home and abroad have called on people to exercise their vote in July – even if they don’t vote for the CPP – amid predictions of low turnout and waning enthusiasm for ...

Ben Sokhean and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/senior-cpp-members-urging-citizens-vote-coming-elections

Government officials, including PM, continue to dispute Post story on Germany's ending of preferential visa treatment

Prime Minister Hun Sen and a spokesman for the ruling party yesterday joined a chorus of government officials attacking the veracity of an article published by The Post on Monday stating that Germany had cancelled preferential visa treatment for private travel by certain high-ranking Cambodian ...

Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-officials-including-pm-continue-dispute-post-story-germanys-ending-preferential

Germany puts pressure on Cambodia, ending preferential visa treatment for Hun family and high-ranking officials

In a response to a parliamentary inquiry, the German government on Wednesday laid out a number of measures it has quietly taken over recent months to pressure the Cambodian government following its crackdown on media outlets, NGOs and the political opposition. ...

Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/germany-puts-pressure-cambodia-ending-preferential-visa-treatment-hun-family-and

Cambodia blocks online access to shuttered Cambodia Daily

Cambodia’s government has ordered internet service providers to block online access to The Cambodia Daily newspaper, which closed last year amid a widespread crackdown on media and civil society groups criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party.​ ...

Richard Finney
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/access-02052018171458.html

GDP says its billboards were removed by ruling party officials

Official within the Grassroots Democracy Party threatened to pull out of the national elections in July, demanding a more positive atmosphere after ruling party officials allegedly removed GDP billboards in Battambang and Phnom Penh. ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Nachemson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/gdp-says-its-billboards-were-removed-ruling-party-officials

Second change to Party Law this year takes aim at Rainsy

Thirty lawmakers have agreed to once again alter Cambodia’s controversial Law on Political Parties – the second change so far this year – with ruling party spokesman Sok Eysan leaving little doubt that the new law would target one person: Sam Rainsy. ...

Meas Sokchea and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/second-change-party-law-year-takes-aim-rainsy

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