Appeal court upholds Son Chhay defamation ruling, ups damages owed to CPP to $1 million

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling finding  Candlelight Party vice president, Son Chhay, guilty of defamation against the Cambodian People’s Party and ordered him to pay  4 billion riel ($1 million) in damages — an increase by a third of what ...

Sorn Sarath

Son Chhay found guilty for defamation, ordered to pay CPP $750,000

The Phnom Penh court on Friday ordered opposition Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay to pay the ruling CPP 3 billion riel ($750,000) in damages, finding him guilty of defamation for saying that voting fraud occurred during the June commune elections. ...

Sorn Sarath

Son Chhay meets opposition activists in prison

Candlelight Party politician Son Chhay met on Wednesday with 23 jailed opposition officials and activists at Prey Sar prison and asked for them to be released on bail, characterizing their arrests as political cases. ...

Nat Sopheap

Candlelight Party’s Son Chhay confirms that he accepted the seats won by the Party

Son Chhay, Vice President of the Candlelight Party, has confirmed that his party accepted  the seats that the party won in the last 5th Commune / Sangkat Council Election. ...

Khmer Times Staff

CNRP unifies message on 2018

CNRP chief whip Son Chhay sought to lay down a unified party line yesterday, saying the opposition would push through the current political upheaval and contest next year’s critical national election, setting straight conflicting statements coming from various party officials. ...

Niem Chheng, Ananth Baliga and Ben Sokhean

CNRP to rejoin national assembly

Senior opposition member Son Chhay said yesterday that he and his fellow party members would enter the National Assembly to resolve some ongoing problems and planned to summon four ministers for clarifications as well as to appeal for the health minister’s resignation. After visiting opposition officials ...

Pech Sotheary

Prime minister vows to ‘eliminate’ opponents who protest

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said he would “eliminate” opponents who dare to protest against his government during a speech in which he also declared that he personally ordered the military to deploy around the CNRP’s headquarters late last month. Speaking at a graduation ceremony ...

Kuch Naren

PM: no land for Vietnamese

Prime Minister Hun Sen has implored those living along the border with Vietnam to stop renting land to Vietnamese nationals and ordered his government to speed up a demarcation process that has been slow to accurately define the country’s borders.  ...

May Titthara

Vietnam wants its citizens protected

In the wake of startling deportation numbers released by the general department of immigration last week showing that more than 85 percent of those deported since 2014 were Vietnamese, the government in Hanoi has asked Cambodia to ensure that the rights of those being sent ...

Ros Chanveasna

Hun Sen vows to preserve peace, rejects talk of political ‘crisis’

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday rebuked those who have labeled the current political situation a “crisis,” urging his audience of young garment workers to be glad they did not have to live through the horrors of the Khmer Rouge. ...

Kuch Naren

Justice Min. to debate despite boycott

The Justice Minister will verbally clarify laws and procedures relating to politicians and the judiciary in the National Assembly on June 9, despite requests by the opposition to cancel the session. ...

May Titthara

PM deems drought relief efforts a success

With rain finally starting to fall across the country, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday declared an end to the relief campaign he launched last month to counter the worst drought in decades, calling the devastating dry spell an opportunity for “lessons” in governance. ...

Janelle Retka and Kuch Naren

If Rong Chhun goes, CPP can veto any new NEC member

Any appointments to the National Election Committee (NEC) to replace CNRP-appointed Rong Chhun, who now faces a criminal trial for “intentional violence,” would have to be approved by the ruling CPP under current laws, a lawmaker said on Thursday. ...

Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns

Government says lawmakers must respect court summons

The Justice Ministry on Thursday rejected the opposition CNRP’s argument for refusing to be questioned by prosecutors over party Vice President Kem Sokha’s sex scandal, calling its claims of unconstitutional behavior “slander.” ...

Ben Sokhean

ElCs earn just $5M for gov’t

The bulk of Cambodia’s economic land concessions (ELCs) – at the centre of numerous land disputes and human rights concerns over the past two decades – generated just $5 million for state coffers last year, with critics attributing the meagre returns to a lack of ...

Ananth Baliga and Vong Sokheng

New transport minister unveils 100-day plan

Sun Chanthol, the newly-appointed Minister of Public Works and Transport, revealed his plan to improve the ministry’s efficiency and transparency by overhauling its internal operations within his first 100 days in office during a speech yesterday. ...

Ros Chanveasna

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

Trade union law passes

The National Assembly yesterday passed a contentious trade union law, just hours after a group of pro-union demonstrators and Daun Penh district security guards clashed violently outside. ...

Ananth Baliga and Pech Sotheary

Lack of transparency hinders budget progress

On Monday, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a new phase of the Public Financial Management Reform Program, a donor-assisted initiative established in 2004 to bolster the country’s ability to soundly manage its budget. In a speech at the launch event, he touted the government’s progress ...

Tej Parikh and Kang Sothear

Reforming public financial management an ongoing task

Reforming public financial management will not be effective unless there are enough qualified human resources at ministries and institutions, the prime minister said yesterday. ...

Chea Vannak

Workshop to air views on draft union law

A public consultation session on the controversial draft union law will be held at the National Assembly next Wednesday, officials confirmed yesterday.  ...

Meas Sokchea

Japanese remains top development partner

Although loans to build infrastructure from the Japanese government may fall slightly this fiscal year, when grants and technical assistance are added to the total, overall assistance is likely to rise, Naoaki Kamoshida, a counsellor at the Japanese Embassy to Cambodia, said during a recent ...

Chea Vannak

Nagacorp casino profits swell to $173M

Cambodian casino operator NagaCorp Ltd. posted a net profit of $172.6 million last year, a 27 per cent increase over the previous year, attributing the surge to increased business volume across all gaming segments at its NagaWorld casino complex in Phnom Penh. ...

Cam McGrath

Committee wraps up trade union law talks

The bipartisan committee tasked with examining the Kingdom’s controversial draft trade union law wrapped up its activities yesterday, ultimately making few of the substantive changes that unions demanded. ...

Pech Sotheary

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