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Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday slammed the election monitoring coalition the Situation Room for describing the recent commune elections as not completely free and fair, and called for the arrest of “any spies in Cambodia”, whether

Young women wear clothing featuring the CPP logo during a campaign rally for the 2017 commune elections in Kampong Speu. A new report argues young voters have been ‘alienated’ by poor governance. FACEBOOK
Tue, 27 June 2017

Youth left ‘alienated’ by CPP

Cambodia's youngest voters have been “alienated” by the ruling party’s corrupt governance, leaving the Cambodian People’s Party scrambling to recoup the coveted youth vote ahead of next year’s national poll, a new paper argues. The article, published in the journal Critical Asian Studies and entitled Coming of age in peace, prosperity, and connectivity, doesn’t examine the fallout from recent commune elections, but it does highlight that the youth voter bloc is highly educated and well-connected to information. About 370,000 more young people become eligible to vote each year in Cambodia, and almost 60 percent of the population is under 30.

Social media star Thy Sovantha, seen speaking to the press outside the Phnom Penh court earlier this year, has filed a complaint against San Bunthoeun for inciting the vandalism of her car.
Tue, 27 June 2017

Thy Sovantha files suit after car is smashed up

Social media personality Thy Sovantha has filed an incitement complaint against fellow social media provocateur San Bunthoeun after her car was smashed up following a drunken rant posted to Facebook by Bunthoeun. On June 3, he allegedly verbally attacked the former opposition supporter turned ruling party cheerleader via Facebook Live. Sovantha claims the destruction of her property was a direct result of Bunthoeun’s threatening words. “If she is a traitor, why not take action against her? Thy Sovantha! Just take her. Where is she driving to? Lexus 570, just besiege her! Do it!” Bunthoeun is quoted as saying in the complaint

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith speaks at an event in May in Phnom Penh.
Tue, 27 June 2017

Hun Sen says no room for lying civil servants

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday reminded newly minted civil servants to focus on serving the people, saying there was little room in public service for bureaucrats who lied, while also using the opportunity to take a potshot at Information Minister Khieu Kanharith. Speaking to around 700 new civil servants who had graduated from the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh, the prime minister narrated a folktale about four ministers in a king’s court – one who was honest, one who was careless, one who was a liar and one who was a sycophant. Hun Sen said there was only room for the first two in the government.

Riot police stands in formation to prevent the Kampuchea Krom rally to proceed to National Assembly yesterday outside Phnom Penh's Wat Chas pagoda
Tue, 27 June 2017

Police block Kampuchea Krom march

About 100 police armed with batons, pistols and rifles blocked the road in front of Phnom Penh’s Wat Chas pagoda yesterday to stop about a dozen activists from marching to the National Assembly to demand a national holiday to mark territorial losses to Vietnam. The police, standing alongside four large trucks fronted by metal barricades, formed a long line with their shields to block the group from departing on an 8-kilometre trek to deliver a petition demanding that June 4, 1949, be commemorated as a national holiday each year. The date marks France’s decision to transfer to Vietnam its Cochinchina colony.

Soil digging is seen next to the proposed location of the Kampot pier, which an NGO report says could jeopardise livelihoods in the area. Daniel Eyre
Tue, 27 June 2017

Report warns on pier project

The Kampot Pier Project – a $10 million effort to attract tourists by building a passenger pier – could harm communities due to insufficient consultation,

Over 270 pieces of unexploded ordnance were unearthed yesterday in Battambang province. FACEBOOK
Tue, 27 June 2017

Nearly 300 UXO found at farm in Battambang

Over 270 pieces of unexploded ordnance (UXO) were unearthed yesterday in Battambang province after villagers reported the presence of explosives at their pepper plantation on Sunday.

A truck is loaded with sand in Kratie province, where villagers claim dredging has caused riverbanks to collapse over the past year. ADHOC
Tue, 27 June 2017

Kratie road blocked as villagers protest sand dredging

Some 30 families in Kratie town blocked a road on Sunday, using 10 vans to prevent trucks from transporting sand in order to demand that authorities halt sand dredging in Krakor commune.

Villagers dismantle a construction site last week in the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap province. Photo supplied
Tue, 27 June 2017

Apsara is not bending on illegal construction

The Apsara Authority has taken a strong stance against illegal construction activity within the Angkor Archaeological Park, maintainin

Defence Minister Tea Banh’s son, Major General Tea Seiha (front left) – seen taking a photograph with fellow soldiers – was recently appointed Siem Reap’s deputy governor. FACEBOOK
Tue, 27 June 2017

Defence minister’s son elevated in Siem Reap

The son of Defence Minister and Cambodian People’s Party stalwart Tea Banh has been made a deputy governor of Siem Reap province, according to a sub-decree.

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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