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Editorial Hints at Beijing’s Recognition of Cambodian Opposition

An opinion article published by China's state-owned English-language newspaper the Global Times veers away from Chinese state media's usual line, which tends to ignore Cambodia's opposition.

Health Ministry to Probe Suspect Baby Formula

The Ministry of Health will investigate a baby milk formula sold in Cambodia that has been recalled over a risk it contains bacteria that causes botulism, an official said Tuesday.

Constitutional Council Pivotal in Election Stalemate

Since the July 28 national election, the two parties that took seats in the National Assembly can agree on very little. The ruling CPP claims it won 68 seats to the opposition’s 55, giving it a majority in the 123-seat National Assembly, while the opposition CNRP claims 63 seats to the CPP’s 60, even before taking into account its allegations of fraud, which it wants international help to investigate.

Thai Ex-Minister in Trouble Over Preah Vihear

A former Thai foreign minister is facing misconduct charges over a statement he signed with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An regarding the Preah Vihear temple, according to a Thai newspaper report.

Rainsy Rally Takes to Boats, Motos After Bridge Closure

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Sunday accused CPP activists in Kandal province of dismantling a wooden bridge on Saturday in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to keep him from reaching two scheduled public rallies in the area.

FAO Predicts Rice Crop to Match Last Year’s

The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that Cambodia’s rice crop this year will equal but not exceed last year’s record yield.

In Cambodia, Cyber Casinos Fall Into a Legal Gray Area

In 2010, the Ha Tien Vegas Entertainment Resort, a casino investment on Kampot province’s border with Vietnam that included luxury karaoke rooms and suites, launched with high hopes of attracting Vietnamese gamblers. At the end of December, Ha Tien Vegas closed down.

US Ambassador Calls for Election Investigation, NEC Reform

Repeating his country’s call for a transparent investigation into irregularities during the July 28 national election, the U.S. ambassador to Cambodia has urged the government to repair deficiencies in the electoral process.

Amid Calls for Probe, NEC’s Independence in the Spotlight

After Sunday’s tight election, Cambodia’s oft-criticized National Election Committee (NEC) finds itself in a potentially decisive position. Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that the CPP would take part in the investigation into poll irregularities demanded by the opposition, but that the party would follow the NEC’s lead.

AKP Corrects Report on Call for International Vote Probe

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on Thursday clarified that Prime Minister Hun Sen did not express willingness to see international involvement in an independent investigation into election irregularities, after state media incorrectly reported to the contrary.

HRW Calls for Donors to Demand Prompt Election Investigation

U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday it suspects ruling-party involvement in fraud during Sunday’s election, and called for Cambodia’s international donors to demand a prompt and independent investigation.

Hun Sen Says CPP Will Join Election Investigation

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesady the CPP will participate in an investigation into alleged irregularities during Sunday’s national election, and that his ruling party was moving to hold talks with the opposition CNRP.

Hun Sen Open to Investigation of Election Results

In his first public appearance since Sunday's national election, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that he is open to holding talks with opposition leader Sam Rainsy and an investigation into alleged irregularities at the polls.

US Calls for Investigation Into Election Irregularities

The U.S. has called for a credible investigation into allegations of irregularities during Sunday’s National Assembly election, which the ruling CPP has said it won with a much reduced number of seats.

In Prey Veng, Opposition Voters Are Fearful of Repercussions

As voters went to the polls in this mainly rural province Sunday, residents who favored change over continuity said they felt pressured to keep secret their views.

Workers Rush Home to Rural Provinces to Cast Votes

Thousands of people waited for hours to cross the Mekong River here in Neak Leung town on Saturday as migrant workers poured out of Phnom Penh to travel to their homes in Cambodia's eastern provinces to take part in Sunday’s national election.

Kem Sokha Concerned Over Post-Election Violence

Opposition vice president Kem Sokha on Thursday said he could not guarantee there would be no violence following Sunday’s vote and appealed to the international community to be on alert and help ensure a peaceful transition after the election results are released.

IPU Finds Assembly Has Little Loans Oversight

Cambodia’s National Assembly is lacking, compared to other countries’ parliaments, in the oversight it exercises over new loans taken out by the government from international financial institutions, according to a new report.

Criticism of Sar Kheng’s ‘Charity’ Ahead Of Vote

CPP Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng has established a charitable foundation with hundreds of thousands of dollars for people in need in Prey Veng province, a move just days before the national election that has been labeled as vote buying by the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia.

Chea Sim Retains Position Despite Absence From Public Eye

Despite his image appearing alongside the CPP’s two other “Samdechs” on banners around the country, Senate and CPP President Chea Sim has been absent from campaigning for Sunday’s national election.