BAHA'IS will be holding their first national convention in Cambodia in 20 years
this weekend (April 23-4) and will elect nine members to sit on Cambodia's
newly-inaugurated Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly.
delegates will then return to their communities to organize local elections in
nine provinces next week, among what leaders claim to be the 2-3,000 Cambodians
who follow the religion.
Baha'ism, which is an independent faith not a
sect, arrived in Cambodia in the '50s but went underground during the war and
revolution in the '70s and '80s.
Now, with the assistance of foreign
Baha'is, a center has been opened on 51 St in the capital.
priesthood or ritual, the Baha'is rely on a pattern of local, national, and
international administration. Each locality having nine or more adult Baha'is
elects a council.