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Opposition councilors bemoan ministry directive

A number of provincial and district councilors aligned with the opposition have not been paid in the past two months following a Ministry of Interior directive in March calling for their salaries to be halted and positions revoked, according to the secretary-general of the Sam ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/opposition-councilors-bemoan-ministry-directive-58131/

Hope for freedom of information?

Representatives from civil society and the opposition gathered yesterday to push for the adoption of an access to information law – a move that comes less than a month after Prime Minister Hun Sen urged the Ministry of Information to hasten its development. Two laws dealing ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hope-freedom-information

Finance Ministry To Tackle Graft With ‘Rewards’

Finance Minister Keat Chhon an­nounced a new plan on Thursday to cut down on rampant state corruption by dispersing three-quarters of non-tax revenue to ministries and their employees as financial “rewards.” With Anti-Corruption Unit chief Om Yentieng by his side, Mr. Chhon laid out the bare ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/finance-ministry-to-tackle-graft-with-rewards-8993/

Mooted casino tax shot down by ruling party

Casinos are first and foremost for protecting Cambodia’s border, not for making money, government lawmakers insisted in parliament yesterday when drilled about their opposition to raising gambling taxes. Seizing on an off-the-cuff comment made by Prime Minister Hun Sen during a speech in August, Finance Minister ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012120760158/National-news/mooted-casino-tax-shot-down-by-ruling-party.html

US hears Boeung Kak women

The US ambassador at large for Global Women’s Issues – an office in the US State Department – met with five of the Boeung Kak lake female activists on Saturday in a sidelines meeting of a Lower Mekong gender policy dialogue. “It was a full ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012071657436/National-news/us-hears-boeung-kak-women.html

Young chief vs the system

Tek Nim is well versed in dealing with adversity. In year nine, she dropped out of school, began working on the family farm and finally became resigned to the belief that her brightest prospect was to leave Omlaing commune, in Kampong Speu province’s Thpong district, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012070357164/National-news/young-chief-vs-the-system.html

Boeung Kak tale resonates in Washington

In Washington yesterday, Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Mu Sochua lobbied US government officials to withhold military funding to the Cambodian government if it does not meet two political demands ahead of her meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday. Mu Sochua said she would ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012060856674/National-news/boeung-kak-tale-resonates-in-us-capital-mu-sochua.html

SRP Says Rural Gains Coincide With Land Grabs

While preliminary results from Sunday’s commune elections indicate that the SRP took a thumping in urban centers—the SRP lost all three of their commune chief positions in Phnom Penh—the party appears to have made gains in rural areas locked in land disputes. Though the figures are ...

CPP Claims 72% of Seats In Communes

The CPP yesterday declared victory in Sunday’s commune election, saying it had taken 72 percent of the country’s commune councilor seats and all but 41 of the country’s 1,633 powerful commune chief positions. The SRP in turn said it took 19 percent of the available councilor ...

Boeung Kak women visited by MPs

Thirteen Boeung Kak women locked in Prey Sar prison after a three-hour trial on May 24 are threatening to go on a hunger strike in protest, an opposition Sam Rainsy lawmaker said yesterday. A team of SRP MPs, including Mu Sochua, was granted access to the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012060556586/National-news/boeung-kak-women-visited-by-mps.html

SRP Asks King Sihamoni to Pardon Boeng Kak 15

Members of the opposition SRP on Saturday sent a petition to King Norodom Sihamoni asking him to pardon the 13 Boeng Kak residents who were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail on May 24 after holding a peaceful protest against CPP senator Lao Meng Khin’s ...

Commune Vote Predictable, but Margins Less So

With Sunday’s commune elections quickly approaching, the five main political parties are all predicting substantial gains over how they faired in the last election in 2007, though none deny that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) will continue to dominate the polls. And with the entrance ...

SRP Campaign Videos Put Focus on Evictions

While the CPP in Phnom Penh has spent much of the campaign period broadcasting speeches by Prime Minister Hun Sen, hosting music concerts and sending well-known comedians into the streets to work the crowds, the SRP has a starker campaign focus. When the sun sets, 10 ...

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