The NEC meets last week in preparation for the July 29 national elections. The electoral body issued a statement on Monday rejecting calls for an election boycott. Facebook

National Election Committee, PM Hun Sen defend legitimacy of July vote

Publication date 10 April 2018 | 06:40 | ICT

The National Election Committee on Monday criticised those urging voters or monitors to stay away from the July 29 national election, a thinly veiled reference to former opposition leader Sam Rainsy and election monitor Koul Panha, with



  • Officials on Wednesday attend the release of Interior Ministry’s annual report, which vowed to continue the crackdown on so-called ‘colour revolution’ ahead of the July elections.

    After Australia protests, Hun Sen vows no more pardons for CNRP

    Publication date 21 March 2018 | 17:49 | ICT

    Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a scathing critique of his political opposition on Wednesday, conflating them with fiery protesters in Australia and doubling down on his vow to keep politically sensitive prisoners behind bars.

  • Deputy chief of the National Police Dy Vichea, who is also Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son-in-law, attends a meeting for the Ministry of Interior’s annual report on Wednesday.

    Interior Ministry pledges to continue crackdown on dissent

    Publication date 22 March 2018 | 08:05 | ICT

    The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday pledged to continue the government’s crackdown on dissent and the political opposition, vowing to maintain internal security and prevent the “tricks” of unfriendly groups ahead of the July elect

  • Ex-opposition leader and Cambodia National Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy (second left) is seen with other founding members of the movement in January. Facebook

    Rainsy’s CNRM hires US-based PR firm

    Publication date 22 March 2018 | 07:08 | ICT

    The Cambodia National Rescue Movement has hired a US-based public relations firm to help with their “campaign” to resurrect democracy in Cambodia, documents show.

  • National Assembly President Heng Samrin inaugurates a pagoda in Tbong  Khmum on Sunday, calling on voters to turn out for the national elections slated for July 28. National Assembly

    Senior CPP members urging citizens to vote in coming elections

    Publication date 20 March 2018 | 06:52 | ICT

    Four months out from the July elections, senior Cambodian People’s Party officials at home and abroad have called on people to exercise their vote in July – even if they don’t vote for the CPP – amid predictions of low turnout and w

  • Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop  attend a meeting in Sydney on July 19, 2016. Jessica Hromas/AFP

    Australia’s ‘dance with dictators’: Country expected to stay mum on rights abuses with Asean leaders in town

    Publication date 16 March 2018 | 09:24 | ICT

    While calls from all corners have demanded Australia take Cambodia to task – not only for its political crackdown but also for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s threats to beat up protesters on Australian soil – observers say any such confro

  • Women from the Boeung Chhouk land dispute community in Phnom Penh hold an International Women's Day event yesterday, where they called on authorities not to use violence against female demonstrators.

    Hun Sen pledges to bring more women into top government roles

    Publication date 09 March 2018 | 07:43 | ICT

    In celebration of International Women’s Rights Day, Prime Minister Hun Sen pledged to nominate more female secretaries and undersecretaries of state if he were given another mandate while chiding his ministers for not having hired m

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to garment workers in Takeo yesterday, where he suggested he may stay in power beyond the 10-year deadline he previously set for himself. Facebook

    Hun Sen repeats vow to serve 10 more years, noting ‘it could be more’

    Publication date 08 March 2018 | 07:00 | ICT

    In a speech to garment workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen repeated his pledge to serve “not less th

  • Mam Sonando greets opposition supporters at a post-election rally at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park in 2013.

    Beehive party founder Sonando set to rejoin politics after blessing from Hun Sen

    Publication date 07 March 2018 | 06:58 | ICT

    Veteran political figure Mam Sonando has signalled he will once again take the reins of his Beehive Social Democratic Party just months out from Cambodia’s national elections, in a move critics say undermines democracy and plays int

  • Young women attend a Cambodian People’s Party campaign rally in Kampong Speu last year. Newly obtained figures indicate the number of female commune councillors increased since the dissolution of the opposition party. Facebook

    Women still underrepresented in politics

    Publication date 06 March 2018 | 07:00 | ICT

    Following the redistribution of seats held by the now-dissolved opposition, female representation in local politics increased slightly but remains low, according to figures obtained this week, with women’s rights organisations deman

  • Say Chhum, seen voting in the 2015 Senate president election, which he won, recently signed a handful of controversial legal and constitutional amendments into law in his capacity as acting head of state. Photo supplied

    Lèse majesté law now in effect

    Publication date 05 March 2018 | 06:52 | ICT

    A set of controversial laws and constitutional amendments was quietly signed by Senate President Say Chhum in place of the King last week, going into effect immediately despite the Justice Ministry previously claiming there would be