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Construction workers at a building site in Phnom Penh in January 2015 (Philip Brookes/Flickr)

World Bank Warns of Economic Risks Amid Strong Growth

Possible E.U. trade sanctions, rising indebtedness and slowing foreign investment — which “peaked” last year — pose substantial risks to the Cambodian economy despite continuing strong growth, the World Bank said in its latest country update.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan speaks at a press conference at the Council of Ministers building in Phnom Penh on November 21, 2019. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Gov’t Discourages Terrifying EBA News Reports

Government spokesman Phay Siphan on Thursday appealed to media outlets to stop seeing the potential loss of duty-free trade with the E.U. as “an evil that is terrifying for Cambodia.”

Australian Ambassador to Cambodia Angela Corcoran and CNRP president Kem Sokha outside his Phnom Penh home on November 12, 2019 (Sanh Bun Hoeun/VOD)

EU: ‘We Expect’ Kem Sokha’s Full Release

Government spokesman Phay Siphan rejected the notion that Cambodia would alter its approach to politics under the pressure of possible trade sanctions, as diplomatic meetings continued on Wednesday at the newly released opposition leader’s Phnom Penh home.

Sam Rainsy at Paris's Charles De Gaulle Airport on November 7, 2019. (Theirry Buth)

Rainsy Fails to Board Flight to Bangkok

CNRP acting president Sam Rainsy left Paris’s Charles De Gaulle Airport without boarding a flight to Thailand on Thursday, claiming the airline had denied him entry.

Parliament House in Stockholm on October 17, 2014 (Jorge Lascar/Creative Commons)

Six Swedish Parliamentarians Weigh In on Rainsy’s Return

Six Swedish parliamentarians urged Prime Minister Hun Sen in an open letter to allow acting opposition leader Sam Rainsy and other top party officials to return to Cambodia “without harassment or repercussions of any kind.”

A Grassroots Democratic Party election campaign rally in July 2018 (file photo)

GDP Urges Government to Show Border Agreement With Vietnam

UPDATED 2:07 p.m. — The minor Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) has urged the government to reveal the border agreement that Prime Minister Hun Sen signed with his Vietnamese counterpart last week, requesting greater transparency about the demarcation process.