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CNRP’s voter roll challenge rebuffed

NEC leaders at the press conference held yesterday in Phnom Penh to address complaints filed by CNRP members on the voting lists.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party’s attempt to have nearly 5,000 people stricken from the voter rolls ahead of the June commune elections is off to a poor start. Nearly 170 people whom the CNRP sought to have removed will remain on the list, the NEC decided yesterday after examining the first batch of challenges.

Encryption aid deal inked

Deputy National Police chief Kirth Chantharith (centre) speaks at a press conference in Phnom Penh in 2014. Chantharith, earlier this week, signed a cooperation plan on encryption training with Vietnam.

Vietnam inked a deal with Cambodia on Friday to provide more than half a million dollars’ worth of training in encryption coding, prompting some to question the wisdom of accepting foreign help to protect state secrets. Under the agreement, Vietnam will accept 30 Cambodian police officers for one year of training.

Vote-buying, coercion recalled

A woman in Kampong Cham province casts her vote during the 2012 commune elections.

With the 2016 commune elections fast approaching, a new report, released yesterday, catalogues hundreds of complaints of intimidation, coercion and bribery against the ruling Cambodian People’s Party stemming from the last time Cambodians went to the local polls in 2012. The study drew from the experiences of 701 respondents, many of whom reported irregularities that appear to violate Cambodian election laws.

A more direct path for mango exports

A farmer collects harvested mangoes in Kandal province in 2013.

Sweet and juicy mangoes grown in Cambodia have been finding their way into top Asian markets for years, but until now only through Thai and Vietnamese brokers, and often repackaged or processed into juices and jams to disguise their Khmer origin. Local producers’ lack of modern processing and packaging equipment meant the only way to access the lucrative Chinese, Japanese and South Korean markets.

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Turkish Embassy calls for closure of Zaman schools

With an attempted coup against the government of President Recep Erdogan quashed only days ago and more than 7,000 alleged conspirators now under arrest, the Turkish ambassador to Cambodia yesterday pressed the govern

CNRP lawmakers beaten

Two opposition lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea were beaten unconscious during protests in Phnom Penh, as over a thousand protesters descended upon the National Assembly.

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Student authors discuss "The Cambodian Economy"

Students at Phnom Penh's Liger Learning Center have written and published a new book, "The Cambodian Economy".

Competing explanations for sliding strike numbers

Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng speaks at the launch of a report on strikes yesterday in Phnom Penh.

The number of strikes and labour-related demonstrations plummeted in 2016, with just 220 cases versus 582 the year before, the Ministry of Labour said yesterday, a fact at least one workers’ advocate attributed to strict enforcement of t