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A district governor in Kratie province yesterday criticised a decision by an investigating judge to release a timber transporter on bail, the lone suspect arrested in a case involving more than two dozen vehicles carrying wood.

Members of the ruling party vote in favour of amendments allowing the redistribution of the opposition’s seats in the National Assembly and at the local level if it is dissolved by the Supreme Court.
Thu, 19 October 2017

CPP could get 11 more seats

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party appears poised to absorb 11 more seats in the National Assembly, bringing their majority to almost two-thirds, while royalist party Funcinpec’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh vowed his party – also set to take a substantial block of seats – would not become “slaves” to Hun Sen. Two minor parties have flatly rejected parliamentary seats set to be redistributed to them under newly amended laws should the Supreme Court rule to dissolve the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, a move Prime Minister Hun Sen has said will come “soon”. The League for Democracy Party, headed by Khem Veasna, was due to claim six seats, and the Khmer Anti-Poverty Party, led by Daran Kravanh, would have been handed five, but the parties have said the seats were “meaningless” and it would be unfair to contradict the voters’ will.

A person watches The Voice Cambodia finalist San Sreylai perform on their smartphone on the day she was killed by her estranged husband in an upscale neighbourhood in Phnom Penh.
Thu, 19 October 2017

Leaked Sreylai pics elicit outrage

The leak of explicit photos of the topless body of slain singer San Sreylai to social media – presumably by a police official – drew widespread condemnation from the public yesterday, prompting Phnom Penh’s top police official to an

Panelists from human right organisations speak about the political situation in Cambodia at a press conference yesterday in Bangkok.
Thu, 19 October 2017

Rule of law ‘virtually absent’: Court manipulation part of ruling party’s master plan, report argues

Cambodia’s judiciary remains in the iron grip of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government, according to an extensive new International Commission of Jurists report, which found that “the rule of law is virtually absent from the Cam

Permanent Representative of Cambodia to the UN Ney Samol (centre) speaks at the 36th session of the Human Rights Council last month in Geneva.
Wed, 18 October 2017

Kingdom’s UN ambassador brushes off body’s criticism

Cambodia’s permanent mission to the United Nations has rebutted international criticism regarding the government’s mounting steps to dissolve the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, claiming the condemnation was based on misinformation and biased. The National Assembly this week approved amendments to four election laws that would distribute National Assembly seats currently belonging to the CNRP to other minor parties – and its local commune chief seats entirely to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party – should the party be dissolved. The mission’s statement, published Monday evening, alleges that the UN’s Office ...

Defence Minister Tea Banh speaks to officials on Monday at the Defence Ministry in Phnom Penh.
Wed, 18 October 2017

Tea Banh attacks US, says troops prepared

Defence Minister Tea Banh yesterday portrayed his forces as prepared for a David-and-Goliath-style showdown with the US, which he blamed for sowing unrest around the world, and whose purported “colour revolution” in the Kingdom he vowed to quash. The comments doubled down on the ongoing government broadside against the US for allegedly helping opposition leader Kem Sokha attempt to topple the government – an accusation seemingly based on a 2013 video in which Sokha describes receiving advice from the US, and for which the CNRP president is currently jailed on widely condemned charges of “treason”.

Khmer Economic Development Party leader Huon Reach Chamroeun (right), seen debating the CNRP’s Kem Sokha (centre) and CPP’s Sok Eysan (left) in 2013, has said his party will accept the CNRP’s seats in parliament if it is dissolved.
Wed, 18 October 2017

More parties to accept seats

Two more minor parties have come forward saying they will take up National Assembly seats that will be dished out if the Cambodia National Rescue Party is dissolved, amid accusations from other dissenting parties that accepting the seats makes them complicit in undermining the country’s democracy. The Cambodian Nationality Party (CNP) and the Khmer Economic Development Party (KEDP) – which between them won less than 1 percent of the popular vote but are now likely to occupy three parliamentary seats – confirmed they would accept the positions after the government swiftly passed laws on Monday allowing the redistribution of CNRP seats to minor parties.

CPP lawmakers vote in favour of amendments allowing the redistribution of the opposition’s seats in the assembly on Monday.
Wed, 18 October 2017

Offing CNRP puts NEC future in doubt

Though its reform was once heralded as a signature achievement of the so-called culture of dialogue that ended the Kingdom’s postelection political crisis in 2014, the future of the bipartisan National Election Committee (NEC) is in

Former Khmer Power Party head Sourn Serey Ratha sits handcuffed in a police vehicle following his arrest in August in Phnom Penh.
Wed, 18 October 2017

Court upholds term for former KPP president

The Appeal Court yesterday upheld a five-year conviction for former Khmer Power Party President Sourn Serey Ratha for allegedly “inciting military personnel to disobedience” by criticising the August deployment of troops to the Laos

An independent report found safety issues at the mining site of Mesco Gold highlighting concerns at Incline Shaft #1 and #2.
Wed, 18 October 2017

Mine firm given safety appraisal before deaths

A recent inspection at a mine site in Ratanakkiri province where two brothers died in a workplace accident last Friday had found safety c