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Hun Sen Promises Cheaper Water Bills for Garment Workers

In yet another bid to shore up the garment worker vote ahead of next year’s general election, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday promised to lower their water prices and offered more details about a pending pension plan.

Water Authority Set to Reimburse Users For Miscalculated Bills

The Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority on Monday promised to reimburse customers for recent water bills calculated on old higher prices, hours after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered an investigation into inflated bills.

Hun Sen Promises Free Hospital Treatment, Checkups for Workers

In yet another potentially major new benefit to Cambodian workers ahead of next year’s national election, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday announced that employees in some of the country’s key industries would soon be able to receive free checkups and treatment at state hospitals.

Officials Threaten Embassy Protests as US Row Deepens

Amid rising diplomatic tensions, the U.S. State Department on Thursday condemned the “deterioration in Cambodia’s democratic climate,” as a government-aligned website, citing anonymous officials, warned of mass nationalist protests against the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh.

NDI Banned, Foreign Staff Face Forcible Expulsion

Foreign staff given one week to leave the country after the U.S.-affiliated National Democratic Institute was ordered to cease operations in Cambodia on Wednesday will be forcibly removed if they fail to leave on their own accord, a CPP official said.

Hun Sen Ramps Up Pitch to Garment Workers for 2018 Vote

Days after promising garment workers a minimum wage of at least $168 starting next year, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday made another pitch for their votes in the July national election with a “three asks” policy.

Ministry Gives Conflicting Information on RFA, VOA Ban

Information Ministry officials on Tuesday gave contradictory accounts on whether the government is considering new rules barring radio stations from carrying broadcasts from U.S.-funded media outlets Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, adding to ambiguity surrounding the outlets’ fate in Cambodia.

Overseas Voting Amendments Sent to Assembly Committee

The National Assembly’s permanent committee on Monday approved further study of amendments to Cambodia’s election law that would allow more than 1 million migrant workers to vote from outside the country’s borders.

SRP Senator Blocked From Commission

CPP senators voted on Monday to block Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) senator Kun Lum Ang from joining the Senate human rights commission, which was previously chaired by her jailed husband, former SRP senator Hong Sok Hour.

In Charm Offensive, Hun Sen Promises Workers Raises, Pension

In a move likely to play well with a large swath of voters ahead of next year’s national election, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday announced a raft of new benefits for garment workers including a big bump to their monthly minimum wage—from $153 to “at least” $168.

US Democracy NGO Joins Gov’t Doghouse

The National Democratic Institute became the latest U.S.-affiliated organization to face government allegations of wrongdoing on Wednesday night after its purported secrets spilled onto government-affiliated media.

Short on Funds, CNRP Finds Make-Do Solution for Signs

Until the CNRP scrapes together enough money to replace its soon-to-be-outlawed party signs, local-level officials have resorted to scissors and paint to alter the images on thousands of promotional billboards across the country.

CPP to Attend if Overseas Voting Law Goes to National Assembly

A ruling party spokesman said CPP lawmakers would attend a National Assembly vote on enfranchising Cambodians who live abroad if the opposition’s proposal makes it to the parliamentary floor.

ABA Bank ATM Blown Up in Kep Province; Suspect at Large

Police in Kep province are looking for a man who is believed to have blown up an ABA Bank ATM using gas canisters to remove the estimated $10,000 cash inside before speeding away early on Tuesday morning, police officials said.

National Assembly to Consider Overseas Voting Proposal ‘Soon’

The National Assembly will consider the opposition’s proposal to allow overseas voting “soon,” a spokesman said on Tuesday.

CNRP Submits Revised Overseas Voting Law to National Assembly

CNRP lawmakers submitted legislation on Friday that would allow Cambodians overseas to register and vote to the National Assembly, downplaying ruling party concerns that the proposal was costly and impractical.

CNRP Proposal Seeks to Allow Migrants to Register, Vote Abroad

The CNRP’s detailed proposal to make it easier for migrants to register and vote will be submitted today to the National Assembly, opposition lawmaker Son Chhay said.

Arrest Warrant Issued for CNRP’s Top Phnom Penh Boss

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the opposition CNRP’s top Phnom Penh official, ordering all relevant forces to bring in the politician over a clash at an election campaign rally that he has maintained he did not attend.

Opposition Accuses CPP of Obstructing Work

After a third run-in between a newly-elected opposition commune chief and ruling party-controlled provincial government, a CNRP lawmaker is accusing the CPP of obstructing the work of its officials at the local level.

Kem Sokha Tours Country Gathering Post-Election Feedback

Taking stock of his party’s June commune elections losses, CNRP president Kem Sokha has embarked on a countrywide tour to gather feedback and intelligence the party can use to steer its national election campaign, party officials said on Tuesday.