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Alex Willemyns

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Investigation Committee Nixed One Day After Creation

A joint-party task force that the National Election Committee (NEC) on Saturday announced would be set up to investigate alleged irregularities during the July 28 national election was abruptly abandoned Sunday, with NEC President Im Suosdey announcing that his organization will instead push ahead with its own investigation.

NEC to Host CPP, CNRP Election Investigation Discussion

National Election Committee (NEC) Secretary-General Tep Nytha said Friday that the NEC has agreed to host a meeting on Saturday between the CPP and CNRP to discuss the creation of a committee to investigate alleged irregularities during last Sunday’s election.

NEC Rejects Joint-Party Vote Investigation

National Election Committee (NEC) Secretary-General Tep Nytha reiterated Thursday that the NEC had no authority to establish a joint-party investigation into alleged irregularities during Sunday’s national election, while opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he would now seek an investigation outside the NEC.

CNRP Wins With Local and Social Communications Strategy

The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party's gains in Sunday's election came despite being locked out of the CPP-dominated broadcast media, with the opposition instead turning to door-to-door communications and the Internet to spread their message.

Electoral System Worked in Favor of United Opposition

When Information Minister Khieu Kanharith posted the preliminary results of the national election on his Facebook page Sunday night, the numbers showed a striking 17.7 percent drop in the seats held by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party from 90 to 68 in the 123-seat National Assembly.

In Kompong Speu, Ex-Premier Faces Off With Hun Many

Hun Many, the youngest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, was not yet born when in 1981 then-Prime Minister Pen Sovann was purged by his Vietnamese allies and exiled to Hanoi.

ABC Radio Owner Takes Morning Commentary Show Off Air

The owner of popular radio station ABC, who on Tuesday and Wednesday warned on air of a military coup if the opposition wins Sunday’s national election, on Thursday took his morning talk show off air in what he described as a “strike” against calls from authorities to cease his controversial broadcasts.

Sam Rainsy’s Last-Minute Efforts to Run Rebuffed

Both the National Assembly and the Constitutional Council of Cambodia, the highest legal authority in the land, convened closed-door meetings Thursday during which they decided not to reinstate opposition leader Sam Rainsy as a voter and parliamentary candidate for Sunday’s national election.

RCAF Asked to Reassure Public After Coup Warnings

Civil society groups and the opposition on Wednesday called on the military to issue a statement repudiating claims made by the owner of a popular radio station that the military would remove the opposition from office if it wins Sunday’s national election.

Koh Pich Awash With Development, but Don’t Ask for Details

Business is booming on Koh Pich. Since development began in 2006—and about 300 families were pushed off what was then farmland—the island has slowly grown into the symbol of commercial modernity in Phnom Penh.

Small Parties Vie for Attention at Youth Debate in Phnom Penh

Youth representatives from six of the eight political parties contesting this Sunday’s national election battled out the issues through debate on Saturday at the Phnom Penh Cultural Center.

Former Prime Minister Pen Sovann Looks to Future as Lawmaker

When the National Assembly forms after this month’s election, Pen Sovann—Cambodia’s first prime minister after the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979, and a man imprisoned in Hanoi between 1981 and 1991—may well be seated close enough to stare down the man who he believes betrayed him three decades ago.

Trading Floor Silent Two Years After CSX Launch

The Cambodia Securities Exchange first witnessed traders on its floor on April 18 last year, when Prime Minister Hun Sen rang the opening bell after the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority secured its listing on the exchange. Now, the country’s bourse is virtually dormant.

Comfrel Launches Text Messaging Campaign Designed at Questioning Lawmakers

The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia has launched a program aimed at putting voters in direct contact with candidates running in this month’s national election.

Preparations Made for New Royal Palace Park

Phnom Penh City Hall has removed scores of vendors from in front of the Royal Palace to make way for the construction of a new park by a company owned by the daughter of the minister of the Royal Palace, officials said Wednesday.

CPP’s Popularity Challenged Among Phnom Penh’s Monks

The CPP has long held influence over Buddhism in Cambodia, with many—including the Venerable Tep Vong, the clergy’s great supreme patriarch—widely known to support the ruling party.

Local Hacking Group Sabotages NEC Websites

A local hacking group sabotaged websites belonging to the National Election Committee (NEC) on Sunday to protest what it claimed were government efforts to register illegal Vietnamese migrants to vote in this month’s national election.

In Former KR Bastion, Opposition’s Appeal Falls Flat

Once an area of opposition to the government, the ruling CPP is now deeply entrenched in Anlong Veng, one of the Khmer Rouge’s most stern former strongholds. The successes of the ruling party’s land-titling scheme and its apparent development successes are some of the reasons the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has failed to make inroads in Anlong Veng.

In Search of Votes, CNRP Turns to Youth and Beauty

Lacking the funds and expansive network of volunteers the ruling CPP has behind its well-oiled election campaign, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is turning to a resource it now boasts in increasingly large numbers: young women.