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Sex, Lies, Tragedy: Classic Yike Explores Duplicity in Musical

The theater director, staging a performance of the story of “Kakei” in musical theater yike on Sunday night in Phnom Penh, hopes to challenge the centuries-old notion that the protagonist is a “bad girl.”

Cambodian Arts Legend Kong Nay Receives Asian Art Prize

Kong Nay, a master of Cambodia’s centuries-old art form of chapei dang veng, has been named this year’s recipient of Japan’s Fukuoka Arts and Culture Prize.

Opposition Head Sokha Mocks CPP Election Victory Claims

CNRP President Kem Sokha on Wednesday mocked the CPP’s claims of victory in Sunday’s commune elections in which the ruling party compared the number of votes they won in this year’s local race with their vote tally in the 2013 national election.

CNRP to Begin Commune Chief Training Ahead of $500K Promise

The CNRP will begin training commune chiefs on financial management to prepare them to control $500,000 budgets, a redistribution of government funds the party promised should it win next year’s national election, CNRP Vice President Mu Sochua said on Wednesday.

As Count Ticks Upward, Parties Spin Competing Narratives

With official tallies from Sunday’s commune elections slowed by internet hiccups, both major political parties provided similar results but different stories on Monday on which had won a vote that drew a record 7 million Cambodians to the polls—300,000 more than had been previously reported by the National Election Committee (NEC).

Widow of UN Peacekeeper Who Died of Malaria Gets $70K

The widow of a U.N. peacekeeper from Cambodia who died of complications after contracting malaria in January received $70,000 in compensation from the U.N. on Wednesday.

CNRP Cites Poll, Rallies as Reasons for Election Optimism

A poll distributed to major political parties earlier this year emboldened opposition leader Kem Sokha to predict that the CNRP would win 60 percent of the vote in Sunday’s commune elections, a party spokesman has revealed.

No Investigation Into Prime Minister’s Comments: NEC

The National Election Committee reiterated on Friday that it would not investigate Prime Minister Hun Sen’s election campaign speeches about waging war to maintain power because the election body had not received a complaint, saying it was taking a similar stance regarding opposition advertisements featuring former CNRP President Sam Rainsy.

$500k Commune Pledge Will Stem Migration: Sokha

CNRP leader Kem Sokha assured supporters on Friday that his party would follow through with its pledge to provide $500,000 to every commune if it wins next year’s national election in a move he hoped would prevent mass migration from rural areas.

Hun Sen Goes on Tirade Against Opponents

Prime Minister Hun Sen warned yesterday that the ruling CPP must win the upcoming commune and national elections to avoid the country being plunged into civil war, and said he was willing to “eliminate 100 or 200 people” to prevent his overthrow.

Salary, Energy Rate Reforms Validate CNRP Agenda: Sokha

Critics who say the CNRP’s commune election platform is unrealistic should look to the ruling party’s implementation of lowered electricity costs, and salary hikes for civil servants and soldiers, issues the opposition championed during the 2013 national election, CNRP President Kem Sokha said on Wednesday.

Political Parties Can Distribute Leaflets Inside Markets, NEC Says

The National Election Committee (NEC), in an effort to avoid complaints that dogged past elections, has issued specific rules allowing political parties to distribute leaflets inside markets during the commune election campaign period.

Wives of Killed UN Peacekeepers Tell of Shock and Sadness

When Tann Phearoth received a telephone call from Central African Republic (CAR) early on Tuesday morning, she thought it would be her husband. Since becoming a U.N. peacekeeper four years ago, Im Sam had regularly phoned his wife while on overseas missions.

Bodies of Cambodian Peacekeepers Headed Home

Cambodia is to send a team from the Defense Ministry to investigate an attack that killed four Cambodians attached to a U.N. Peacekeeping force in Central African Republic (CAR), Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday.

Updated: Three Missing Cambodian Peacekeepers Found Dead in CAR

Three U.N. peacekeepers from Cambodia reported missing yesterday following an ambush in the Central African Republic (CAR) were killed, Prime Minister Hun Sen said this morning.

China to Build Tbong Khmum Referral Hospital

The Chinese government has agreed to build a referral hospital in Tbong Khmum province, eliminating the need for locals with ailments to be transported elsewhere for treatment, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Tuesday.

Cambodian UN Peacekeeper Killed, Three Missing in Central African Republic

A U.N. peacekeeper from Cambodia was shot dead during an ambush in the Central African Republic on Tuesday and Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for the safe release of three others who went missing.

Cambodian Peacekeeper Killed, Three Missing in Central African Republic

A Cambodian peacekeeper was killed—possibly beheaded—by rebels in the Central African Republic on Monday night and three others are currently missing, Prime Minister Hun Sen and the South Korean ambassador announced this morning.

Hun Sen Takes Swipe at Opposition at Red Cross Fundraiser

Prime Minister Hun Sen got political on Monday during an annual fundraiser for the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), an ostensibly neutral organization the premier’s wife has previously used to campaign for the ruling CPP.

PM Hit With ‘Exhaustion,’ Currently Recovering in Singapore

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Thursday that he has been hospitalized in Singapore with “extreme exhaustion” and could remain there until at least Sunday, which would mean missing a series of planned meetings with foreign diplomats, military officials and civil servants, according to a post uploaded to the premier’s Facebook page.