CNRP pledges marches; PM says party ‘absolutely will not be allowed’

The Cambodia National Rescue Party yesterday declared its intention to move forward with nationwide demonstrations in response to what it calls a campaign of state-backed legal harassment, prompting a swift reply from Prime Minister Hun Sen, who warned security forces had been advised to crack ...

Sengkong and Shaun Turton

Nine entry points into city cut off ahead of Kem Sokha’s hearing

At least nine police checkpoints on the major entry points into Phnom Penh have been set up ahead of today’s trial of acting CNRP president Kem Sokha, with the opposition claiming supporters were being hindered from attending a party rally. ... ...

Mech Dara, Ananth Baliga and Meas Sokchea

PM puts Comfrel on notice

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday threatened legal action against anyone who touted claims of irregularities in the voter lists during the 2013 election, telling reporters yesterday that if this year’s round of voter registration finishes and the final tally of voters compiled is similar to ...

Taing Vida

CPP, CNRP diverge over leniency for immigrants

Announcing that more than 160,000 immigrants are living in Cambodia without proper documentation, the Interior Ministry on Friday said it would give the majority of the group an opportunity to stay in the country, while the opposition pushed for a blanket deportation. ... ...

Khuon Narim

German MP calls for reform

Prime Minister Hun Sen told a visiting German federal minister that there was no political crisis in Cambodia, despite recent government action depicting the contrary, and claimed that opposition leader Kem Sokha was being sought by police because of an individual fault that could not ...

Ven Rathavong And Taing Vida

CNRP prohibited from erecting TV Antenna

Authorities in Kandal province’s Takhmao City have banned the opposition CNRP from erecting a television antenna on land they purchased there for what is meant to be Cambodia’s first opposition-aligned station—a key element of the July 2014 political deal. ... ...

Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns

Cambodian opposition lawmaker arrested for border comments

Prominent opposition lawmaker Um Sam An was arrested late Sunday in Siem Reap province for comments he made about the border with Vietnam, a government spokesman said Monday. ...  ...

Neou Vannarin

Funcinpec aims for 26 seats in election: prince

Prince Norodom Ranariddh said on Friday that he hoped the royalist Funcinpec party, which he has promised to revitalize since again becoming its president in January, would win 26 seats in the 2018 national election, up from zero in 2013. ... ...

Khy Sovuthy

In sweeping address, PM defends border work

In a three-hour speech delivered on state television, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said his government has not ceded a single meter of land while demarcating Cambodia’s border with Vietnam. He also threatened further arrests of border critics and warned that war would break ...

Kuch Naren

Man faces up to two years for threatening Sok Touch’s life

A 27-year-old migrant worker who used his Facebook page to threaten to “shoot the head of Sok Touch,” a prominent scholar recently tasked with researching the Vietnamese border, was provisionally charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday. ... ...

Aun Pheap

CPP names all-star lineup on its new propaganda committee

A prominent lineup of CPP figures has been selected for a new “propaganda and education committee” inside the ruling party, with senior government minister Men Sam An leading the 25-person group tasked with turning around lagging popularity. ... ...

Mech Dara

Grassroots party hopes to play kingmaker in National Assembly

Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) secretary-general Sam Inn said Wednesday the new party is aiming to win enough National Assembly seats in the 2018 election to play kingmaker in a scenario in which neither the ruling CPP nor opposition CNRP win enough seats to form government. ...

Alex Willemyns

New lawmaker rating website launched

Voters will be able to instantly rate their lawmakers with a new program launched yesterday by the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL). ... ...

Pav Suy

Opposition not convinced of legitimacy of border maps

The Cambodian government will return 18 map sections to the UN, but opposition officials say they still doubt the legitimacy of maps used in marking the border with Vietnam. ... ...

Neou Vannarin

Beehive party lacks sting

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party is reacting with a shrug to the move by former supporter Mom Sonando to start his own political party. ... ...

Tin Sokhavuth and Pav Suy

CNRP recommends changes to disaster plan

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker Yim Sovann gave the government four recommendations on what to do to control the response to natural disasters. ... ...

Ven Rathavong

Hun Sen, Rainsy host joint event abroad

Amid the latest rapprochement between Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition CNRP leader Sam Rainsy, the two men are scheduled to team up in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday as hosts at a reception for Cambodians working in Malaysia. ... ...

Kuch Naren

Gov’t airs film accusing Kem Sokha of coup conspiracy

Ahead of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha’s scheduled court questioning on Wednesday, a television station controlled by the daughter of Prime Minister Hun Sen aired on Sunday night a film produced by the government that builds a case that Mr. Sokha plotted a coup d’etat. ...

Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns

CNRP ‘optimistic’ that official will be released

Following a bail hearing for CNRP information department chief Meach Sovannara at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the opposition party’s spokesman said he was “optimistic” that the court would decide to release the official when it announces a verdict on March 11. ... ...

Khy Sovuthy and Ouch Sony

CNRP registers company to run party’s television station

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said Thursday that a group of businessmen close to the opposition has successfully registered a company with the Ministry of Commerce that will hold the television license promised to the party. Mr. Sovann said that the CNRP received notice in the past ...

Alex Willemyns

Two ministries anticipate budget increase

The ministers of education and health said Monday they expect an 18 and 15 percent increase to their ministries’ budgets, respectively, in the draft 2015 national budget signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday. ... ...

Hul Reaksmey and Chris Mueller

Opposition, civil society groups rebuke gov’t over stipends

Government officials remained mum Thursday over a new sub-decree purporting to formalize monthly expenditures of senior government officials while the opposition and civil society groups said the regulation was a facade meant to conceal the real amount of money being made by CPP officials. ... ...

Hul Reaksmey

Kem Sokha hosts 1st visit as assembly leader

With National Assembly President Heng Samrin attending a conference in Laos, CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha on Wednesday hosted his first official foreign visit since becoming first vice president of parliament in late August. ... ...

Hul Reaksmey

Sam Rainsy expresses disappointment after Mu Sochua, Yim Sovann fail in votes

Opposition party leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday expressed disappointment after his two leading lawmakers failed in votes for the posts of chairpersons of the National Assembly's eighth and tenth commissions. He said he would push for proper solution in accordance with July 22 agreement. "It is rights ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

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