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Newly Elected Commune Chiefs, Councilors Taking Office

Cambodia’s newly elected commune councilors and chiefs began taking office on Monday with vows to make good on election promises by improving local services and keeping in closer contact with constituents.

Reeling From Detention, Adhoc 5 Stay Defiant

After 427 days behind bars, the Adhoc 5 have been enjoying their first weekend of liberty after being released from prison on bail on Thursday night. But their incarceration has left its mark, both physically and mentally, on the current and former human rights workers.

Return To War

Twenty years ago next week, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen toppled First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh after days of factional fighting in Phnom Penh

New Phnom Penh Governor Takes Reins Ahead of Elections

Incoming Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng vowed to maintain peace and take action against those who wish to destabilize society during a speech at his inauguration ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday.

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.

Hun Sen Bites Back at Critics of Commune Election Process

Prime Minister Hun Sen blasted NGOs and opposition leaders who criticized the June 4 commune election process, saying they would only be satisfied with an election if it ended with the opposition taking over the Peace Palace or resulted in his death.

Hun Sen Calls for Arrest Over False Claim of His Death on Facebook

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ordered authorities to arrest a Facebook user who claimed the premier had died in a plane crash while en route to Vietnam.

Interior Minister Orders Probe Into Cross-Border Arms Cache

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Friday announced an investigation into an arms cache that Thai officials found in a crashed pickup truck just beyond a border checkpoint earlier this month, saying the weapons “could have been smuggled” from Cambodia, officials said.

‘Prepare Your Coffin’: Hun Sen Repeats Bloody Power Promise

As if the June 4 commune elections race had never ended, Prime Minister Hun Sen returned to his bellicose campaign talk on Wednesday by once again threatening to kill hundreds to stay in power and accusing the opposition of fomenting war with its words.

NEC Finishes Complaints; Voter Registration Prep Continues

The country’s national election body has dealt with all 64 complaints filed by the ruling party and opposition over the recent commune elections, an official said on Tuesday, paving the way for an announcement of official results on Sunday.

PM, Rainsy Continue Squabbling Over Alleged Arrest Order

Continuing a back-and-forth of name-calling and provocation that flared up last week, Prime Minister Hun Sen said former opposition leader Sam Rainsy would be detained immediately should he attempt to return to the country, while also denying Mr. Rainsy’s claim that he had authored an order to military commanders to the same

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.

US Aid Cuts to Cambodia Not a Problem, PM Hun Sen Says

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that Cambodia would be unfazed if the U.S. cut all foreign aid to the country, but that he planned to discuss anger-inducing visa application fees with U.S. President Donald Trump.

CPP Election Loser Salaries May Cost Millions

After this month’s commune elections, the long-ruling CPP will be losing more than hundreds of incumbent councilors across the country. Thanks to its pre-election promises, the party—and possibly the government itself—will also start hemorrhaging millions of extra dollars.

Hun Sen to Commemorate Day of Khmer Rouge Defection

Prime Minister Hun Sen intends to next week revisit the area where he commanded a Khmer Rouge army unit before his defection to Vietnam and eventual return to overthrow Pol Pot’s regime.

Man Nabbed for Thai Weapons Not an Official, Minister Says

Defense Minister Tea Banh said on Monday an arms cache seized in Thailand more than a week ago was not from Cambodia and that a Cambodian man arrested at the scene for his alleged involvement in weapons trafficking was not an official.

Don’t ‘Waste’ Votes on Small Parties: Sokha

CNRP President Kem Sokha on Monday urged supporters of minority political parties not to “waste” votes and instead to join his party as the only credible challenger to the CPP, words dismissed as a false choice by one minor party leader.

Immigration Official Still Held in Thailand for Weapons Deal

A Cambodian immigration police officer who was arrested in Thailand more than a week ago was still being held and questioned on Sunday by Thai authorities for his alleged involvement in weapons trafficking, an official said.

Defense Ministry Investigating Thais’ Weapons Smuggling Claim

The Defense Ministry is investigating an allegation by Thai authorities this week that weapons have been illegally smuggled across the border from Cambodia, according to a government spokesman.

Election Body Releases Complete Preliminary Election Results

The National Election Committee (NEC) posted complete preliminary results online on Wednesday evening after receiving missing forms from 344 communes, an official said, with the final tallies from Sunday’s commune elections expected before June 25.