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NEC releases final count for commune elections

Election officials empty a ballot box to begin counting at a polling station earlier this month in Phnom Penh.

The final results released by the National Election Committee (NEC) for the June 4 commune elections show the Cambodian People’s Party taking 1,156 communes to the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s 489 communes, ending the more than monthlong local election process. As the NEC was still announcing province-by-province results on state broadcaster TVK last evening, it released official documents showing the final tally did not differ much from the preliminary results the election body released shortly after the June 4 ballot. Only a few communes changed hands during the recount process after the release of the preliminary results.

Dissident monk warned to be quiet on ‘gun’ case

Monk But Buntenh (centre) protests for his fellow monk Horn Sophanny’s release with a toy weapon last week outside Battambang Provincial Court. FACEBOOK

Two spokesmen from the Ministry of Justice warned activist monk But Buntenh over the weekend after his protest against the arrest of fellow monk Horn Sophanny for carrying what appeared to be a fake gun. “If But Buntenh continues to protest and pressure the court, it’s not good for him or the suspect,” ministry spokesman Chin Malin said yesterday. Sophanny’s case has not yet gone to trial, but Malin said Sophanny will remain detained during the investigation. Sophanny was arrested on Wednesday in relation to an April Facebook post in which he posted a photo of himself posing with a gun, accompanied by text criticising the government.

Smooth sailing for port’s IPO

SBI Royal Securities’ CEO Shuzo Shikata photographed at his office last week in Phnom Penh.

Earlier this month Sihanoukville Autonomous Port (PAS) became the fifth listed firm on the Cambodian Securities Exchange (CSX) following an initial public offering that raised $27 million. The Post’s Brian Ng sat down with Shuzo Shikata, CEO of SBI Royal Securities (SBIR), the sole underwriter of the IPO, to discuss the state-owned port operator’s journey to becoming a public listed company. PPP: Were you satisfied with the bookbuild and subscription results for PAS? SS: The results were what we had expected after we have completed the pre-marketing, which helped us gauge the investor interest and understand the demand in the market.

No apologies: Khmer Rouge Tribunal hears defiant final words from accused

Former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan, attends a Case 002/02 hearing earlier this month. ECCC

Former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan’s final words at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Friday were peppered with admissions and excuses, but he made no apology for the regime’s 1.7 million victims. Samphan chose to deny and justify, while his co-accused, former Brother Number Two Nuon Chea, opted for silence. “The Communist Party of Kampuchea leaders did not exterminate our people,” Samphan said, thrusting his finger to drive home his point. “I know that they really suffered,” he said, referring to the civil parties. “I also heard when they spoke to me, sometimes referring to me as a ‘murderer’ . . . But the term ‘murderer’, I categorically reject it.”

The final results from the National Election Committee for the June 4 commune elections show the Cambodian People’s Party taking 1,156 communes to

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

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