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National Assembly President Heng Samrin gestures at the National Assembly on April 10, 2020, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

National Assembly Approves State of Emergency Draft Law

The National Assembly on Friday passed a sweeping state of emergency draft law, which rights advocates say is ripe for abuse, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has slowly, but steadily risen since last month.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks on February 11, 2020, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

Any Factory Closures Will Be Due to Coronavirus, Not EBA, PM Says

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said potential closures of garment factories in coming months would be due to novel coronavirus quarantine measures cutting manufacturers off from Chinese materials suppliers, not the result of the E.U. suspending trade benefits.

Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 30, 2020. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Kem Sokha Accused of Underreporting Political Expenses

The reported expenses of on trial opposition leader Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party fell below the plausible costs of the party’s activities, government lawyers claimed on Thursday, though they did not say what activities were supposedly unaccounted for.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks in Battambang province on January 9, 2020, in a photo posted to Kheng’s Facebook page.

Sar Kheng Advocates for Reform of the Courts

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday called for reforms in the country’s judiciary, which has been ranked among the worst in the world in terms of corruption and government influence.

Prime Minister Hun Sen votes on July 29, 2018 in Kandal province. (VOD)

Analysis: Observers Expect Political Quagmire to Drag On in 2020

What lies ahead for Cambodian politics this year is a prolonging of the political quagmire that has dragged down the country for at least two years, according to analysts. Things could eventually improve, but there is no quick fix, they say.