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Hun Sen Says US First Lady’s Plan Falls Short

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama may have captured global attention during her visit to Siem Reap province over the weekend, but Prime Minister Hun Sen joked Wednesday that her impassioned message about an initiative to empower young women was somewhat overstated.

Hun Sen Offers Condolences Over Lee Kuan Yew’s Death

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday offered his condolences over the death of former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who passed away in the morning at the age of 91.

­­Hun Sen Steps In to End Dredging Row

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that a recent decision to put the Mines and Energy Ministry in charge of all aspects of granting sand dredging licenses had to be made, because authorities were refusing to take responsibility for a process that has been blamed for several controversial riverbank collapses.

Hun Sen Puts Mines Ministry In Control of Sand Dredging

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a new directive last week putting the Ministry of Mines and Energy in charge of all aspects of approving sand dredging operations in a move that one official said would help clear out a backlog of license requests.

Prime Minister Ramps Up Threat Against Kem Sokha

Prime Minister Hun Sen continued his attack on CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha on Thursday, threatening to arrest him and deploy the military if he leads a protest to demand the release of jailed opposition official Meach Sovannara.

Prime Minister Warns of Legal Action Against Kem Sokha

On the 45th anniversary of Lon Nol’s U.S.-backed 1970 ouster of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday publicly accused the opposition CNRP of working to illicitly overthrow his CPP government.

PM Says Cake One for the Books

Prime Minister Hun Sen may have been presiding over a groundbreaking ceremony for a new highway, but his thoughts were on a different sort of breaking Wednesday, as he invited Guinness World Records to Siem Reap City for the unveiling of an enormous—and possibly record-breaking—sticky rice cake.

Hun Sen Slaps Freeze on New Gov’t Positions, Departments

Prime Minister Hun Sen last week issued a directive ordering all government bodies to hold off on new hires for the rest of the year except to fill existing positions being vacated, in an apparent bid to keep spending in line with the current state budget.

Thailand Deports Monks Across Border

Thai authorities deported 20 Cambodian monks through the Poipet International Checkpoint on Saturday after they illegally crossed into Thailand to seek alms, an immigration official said Monday.

NGOs to Boycott Election Law Workshop

Dozens of NGOs are planning to boycott a workshop Monday to discuss the new election law, saying that the CPP and CNRP have not given them enough time to review the draft and that they do not want to give the event a veneer of legitimacy.

Lawmaker Orders Photos, Video of Event Erased

Villagers in Koh Kong province’s Areng Valley, the site of a proposed hydropower dam opposed by most of the local ethnic minority Chong, say police deleted their photos and video of a visit by CPP lawmaker Ay Khorn on Friday to promote the project’s potential benefits.

Convicted Dissident Gets Green Light to Register Party

The Interior Ministry has given Cambodian dissident Sourn Serey Ratha permission to proceed with the registration of a political party despite the self-exiled government critic’s recent conviction in absentia for plotting an attack on the state.

Hun Sen Admits Leading Until Age 90 Unlikely

Breaking from a history of boasting about the potential longevity of his tenure as Cambodia’s leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that he would likely have to retire sometime before he turns 90.

Election Law Drafted; Status of Hun Sen’s Demand Unclear

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday welcomed the end of talks over changes to the national election law and said the opposition CNRP has agreed to include in the law his proposal to strip National Assembly seats from any political party that boycotts parliament after an election.

Campaign Aims to Boost Adult Literacy

Unesco and the Ministry of Education on Monday launched a two-month joint campaign to raise the adult literacy rate to 84.4 percent by the end of the year by airing television and radio spots to encourage enrollment in after-school literacy classes.

Areng Activist Summoned Over Deforestation Complaint

The Koh Koh Provincial Court has summoned an environmental activist living in the Areng Valley for questioning over allegations that he felled trees in a forest in order to build a community center, rights workers said Sunday.

Parties Officially Form Group to Draft New Rent Control Law

The country’s two major political parties officially formed a working group on Friday to hammer out a new law meant to stop landlords from hiking rents every time migrant workers—mainly in the garment sector—get a pay rise, according to a statement.

Sugar Company Says No Child Labor; Workers Say Otherwise

Phnom Penh Sugar, among the most high-profile firms accused of using child labor in an industry beset by the practice, attempted to polish its image Thursday by hosting its third annual anti-child labor seminar in Kompong Speu province.

Prime Minister Says No New NEC Unless Boycotts Barred

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that he would not allow the new bipartisan National Election Committee to form unless the opposition agrees to a new law that will redistribute the parliamentary seats of any party that boycotts its seats after an election.

PM Threatens Use of Rockets in Areng Valley

The day after the government deported a foreign activist opposed to a proposed hydropower dam in Koh Kong province’s Areng Valley, Prime Minister Hun Sen invited activists in the valley to secede from Cambodia, but warned that rocket launchers could be deployed if they did.