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Political Party Law Would Sever Rainsy From CNRP

Opposition figure Sam Rainsy would effectively be cut off from any ties to the CNRP under a controversial set of CPP-sponsored changes to Cambodia’s Law on Political Parties.

NGOs Warned To Comply With Law or Face Action

Interior Minister Sar Kheng took aim at civil society on Tuesday night, warning NGOs to comply with the law or face legal action, at the same time the ministry ordered the ad hoc election monitoring group the Situation Room to cease any future monitoring activities.

Kem Ley Memorials Planned in Capital, Takeo, Melbourne

Political analyst Kem Ley will be remembered in memorial ceremonies hosted by his family, overseas supporters and the political party he helped start on Sunday and Monday to mark the one-year anniversary of his murder.

Interior Ministry Issues Stop-Order to Situation Room NGOs

The Interior Ministry on Tuesday sent cease-and-desist letters to at least two independent groups over their participation in the election monitoring consortium dubbed the Situation Room, effectively ending any plans by the ad hoc group to monitor the national election next year.

CPP Aims ‘to Kill’ Rainsy’s Career With Law Changes

The ruling party submitted its newest proposed revisions to the Law on Political Parties to the National Assembly on Monday in what a CPP spokesman described on radio as an attempt to “kill Sam Rainsy’s political career.”

Ministry Completes Initial Report on Election Monitor Group

An Interior Ministry team has finished an initial report on the activities of ad-hoc election monitoring group the Situation Room and it is now set to be reviewed by Minister Sar Kheng, officials said on Sunday.

Ministry Kicks Off Situation Room Investigation

The Interior Ministry called members of the Situation Room “lawbreakers” Wednesday and said authorities were investigating them, refuting claims by the group of NGOs that they had done nothing illegal by temporarily gathering to monitor the June 4 commune elections.

Situation Room’s NGOs Face Investigation Over Monitoring

The NGO election consortium calling itself the “Situation Room” may be banned from future vote monitoring and the registration of its member NGOs investigated, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, after Prime Minister Hun Sen accused the group of violating the law, colluding with the opposition and serving as a base for a “color revolution.”

More Law Changes Underway to Sideline Rainsy

Peeved by opposition figure Sam Rainsy’s continued online criticism of his government, Prime Minister Hun Sen asked lawmakers on Wednesday to consider a second round of changes to the Law on Political Parties to keep the exiled “prisoner” out of Cambodian politics.

Hun Sen Orders Investigation Into Situation Room

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered authorities to investigate The Situation Room, a consortium of NGOs who voiced criticism of this month’s commune elections, for allegedly violating the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) and fermenting “color revolution.”

Wary of Losing Votes, Hun Sen Makes Rare Call for Reform

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday urged civil servants and their families to clean up their behavior or risk losing votes, in a rare call for party-wide reform not seen since a similar speech in the wake of the 2013 national election.

Sokha Lawsuit Pushes Youth Leader Into Limelight

When Cambodian Youth Party President Pich Sros appeared last week at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to sue his old boss, CNRP president Kem Sokha, few Cambodians knew his name, his political party or his motives.

Big Spending Behind CPP Campaign, NGO Estimate Shows

The ruling party spent more than four times as much per commune as the opposition during the campaign period for the June 4 commune elections, according to a rough estimate released by the Committee for Free and Fair Elections (Comfrel) on Saturday.

Opposition Requests Migrant-Friendly Voter Registration Process

The opposition once again will ask the government to make upcoming voter registration more accessible to an estimated 1 million migrant workers by increasing the number of registration centers near the Thai border.

Another Poll Surfaces—It’s Better News For CPP

The day after leaked opinion polls showed the opposition apparently gaining momentum against the ruling party, a pro-CPP Facebook page on Monday responded with another previously unpublished survey showing that a majority of the country still believes Cambodia is moving in the right direction.

Official, Pollster Confirm CPP Polling After Findings Leaked

A CPP official and a regional pollster on Sunday confirmed their involvement in a wide-ranging political poll last year that has apparently informed ruling party politics ahead of elections, as documents showing the results of two such surveys were leaked over the weekend.

Amid Opposition Gains, Time Running Out for CPP Reforms

When the CPP nearly lost the national election in 2013, Prime Minister Hun Sen responded with a marathon speech calling for an end to corruption and business as usual.

Hun Sen Goads ‘Brave Man’ Sam Rainsy to Return From Exile

A day after lifting an order barring the return of Sam Rainsy, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday beckoned the “brave” former opposition leader back home to face arrest as Mr. Rainsy said that returning would be a “silly gift” to a cowardly prime minister.

Election Body Urges Legal Action Against Its Social Media Critics

The National Election Committee (NEC) has asked the government to take legal action against two social media users for posting “inciting news” about the June 4 commune elections it claims dishonored the body.

Hun Sen Lifts Ban, But Will Sam Rainsy Come Back?

Exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy inched closer to returning home on Wednesday after Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted an order barring his entry to Cambodia, challenging Mr. Rainsy to make good on vows to risk imprisonment—or death—by coming back and winning the premier’s post in next year’s election.