Ananth Baliga

Timeline: Five Years Since Kem Sokha’s Arrest

Years of political pressure preceded opposition Kem Sokha’s arrest on September 3, 2017, which came amid a year of escalating incidents. Five years since that day, his treason trial drags on with the country’s political opposition cowed by arrests and toothless in the face of a dominant ruling party.

A National Assembly vote in December 2018. (Information Ministry)

Constitution Changes Detailed, Tweak PM Appointment Process

The government released draft amendments to the Constitution, tweaking articles related to the parties that can form government, the appointment of interim prime ministers and the transfer of power upon death or resignation.

Da Chhean, KNUP’s commune chief in Banteay Meanchey’s Thmar Pouk, who is now helping his brother in the CPP, in May 2022. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Da for Defection: Sole Non-CPP Chief Joins the CPP

Ahead of the June 5 vote, the country currently has only one commune chief who is not from the ruling CPP: the KNUP’s Da Chhean in Banteay Meanchey. Chhean is now working with the CPP.