Tuesday News Roundup

From Reuters
Detained Cambodian opposition leader calls for free and fair vote
Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s detained opposition leader Kem Sokha called for free and fair elections in the Southeast Asian country in a New Year’s message on Monday.


From Southeast Asia Globe
Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia
Backed by China, Prime Minister Hun Sen has emerged into 2018 triumphant from his decades-long struggle with the West – and set the stage for his succession


From The Phnom Penh Post
2017 in review: Cambodia’s tumultuous year
With its promised electoral showdown between the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the insurgent Cambodia National Rescue Party, 2018 would have been the year many observers put their money on for major political fireworks. But thanks to a handful of shocking developments – not least of all the snap eradication of the CNRP by the Supreme Court – 2017 more than held its own. Indeed, the past 12 months have seen their fair share of drama on multiple fronts. What follows is a rundown of the 10 biggest stories to dominate the year gone by.


From Xinhua
8 injured at Cambodia’s beach after New Year fireworks catch fire
Phnom Penh, Jan. 1 — Eight people were injured at a popular beach in Cambodia’s Kep province after fireworks, which were prepared to welcome the New Year, accidentally caught fire and exploded, the National Police website reported Monday.

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