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Waiting game pays off

Kem Sokha, who received a royal pardon for alleged marriage infidelity over the weekend, spoke at the office of the Cambodia National Rescue Party in Phnom Penh yesterday.

When most recall 2016, they will remember an epoch-changing year in which Donald Trump was elected US president, the UK decided to leave the European Union and the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 106 years. Yet for deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, the memories may focus instead on the white plaster walls of his party’s headquarters, where he sat for six months and silently defied Prime Minister Hun Sen to make good on his aggresive public threats of arrest.

Chinese firm eyes steel mill

A worker at a steel mill in Hefei, eastern China, in 2010. AFP

One of China’s largest steelmakers is seeking partners in Cambodia to build a steel mill that will reduce the Kingdom’s dependency on imported steel for its construction sector, a company executive said.

Weng Wei Min, director of the economic cooperation department at Hangzhou Iron and Steel Group, said on Thursday on the sidelines of the Cambodia-China Business Forum that his company was looking to tap into the current construction boom by building the Kingdom’s first steel plant.

Focus shifts to other prisoners

Recently pardoned Kem Sokha, acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, meets with young supporters at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday.

His five-month jail term cleared by a royal pardon, Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha yesterday said he had lobbied Prime Minister Hun Sen in a bid to free political prisoners languishing in Prey Sar prison and expressed confidence a solution could be found.
Sokha was on Friday absolved of his conviction for refusing to appear at court to answer questions about a “prostitution” charge linked to his alleged affair with hairdresser Khom Chandaraty.

Pen Sovann replacement on NA agenda

Mourners sit by a memorial photo of Pen Sovann at his funeral ceremony in Takeo Province in early November

The National Assembly’s permanent committee will meet today ahead of a parliamentary plenary session this week to appoint a new Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker as a replacement for the late Pen Sovann.

CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said the one-time prime minister would be replaced by Suon Rida, 43, who was listed as the party’s fourth candidate in Kampong Speu for the 2013 ballot, which saw three CNRP lawmakers elected.

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CNRP lawmakers beaten

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White Building surveyed

Officials from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction collect data on the iconic White Building in late November, ahead of the structure’s planned demolition.

Land Management Minister Chea Sophara led a veritable battalion of ministry officials in a survey of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building on Saturday morning in preparation for a proposed development project on the site.
Japanese development firm Arakawa has been tapped to execute the project, which would see the complex torn down and replaced with a 21-storey tower, five floors of which would be reserved for existing residents, with the remainder given over to parking, business units and high-end apartments.