Politics

US and China Squabble Over Impact on Cambodia

The Phnom Penh embassies of the U.S. and China — whose governments have a dubious history of destabilizing Cambodia for their own geopolitical ends and both stoked and prolonged the country’s two-decades-long civil war — have become embroiled in their second Internet flame war over the country this year.

Hun Sen’s New Year Message: Time for Surgery

Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to fight corruption in his message for the coming Khmer New Year, once again calling on his government to “take a bath” and even “conduct surgery” to stamp out rampant graft.

Rainsy Tells World to Ignore Latest Opposition Arrest Orders

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy has told the world to ignore the arrest warrants for “plotting to commit treason” and “incitement” issued for himself and seven other officials from the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

As EU Threats Loom, Cambodia Prepares Reply to UN Rights Review

Cambodia will not accept recommendations to release opposition leader Kem Sokha from house arrest when it delivers its formal reply to the U.N.’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of its rights record later this year, an official involved in the process said, but will take on board more “general” reform advice.

Prime Minister Hun Sen attends a 20-year anniversary event of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces on January 24, 2019. (Hun Sen's Facebook page)

Military Reaffirms Loyalty After Rainsy’s Mutiny Appeal

Cambodia’s armed forces will continue to support Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, the Defense Ministry said, after former opposition leader Sam Rainsy issued a public appeal to the military to “follow the model of the armed forces in Algeria” and join with the people to topple a dictatorship.

Hun Sen Threatens Defiant Citizens With Electricity Cuts

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered authorities to cut off the electricity supply over the coming Khmer New Year period of anyone who claims recent power outages are due to a government plan to build support for new hydropower dams.

Rehabilitated CNRP Officials Unlikely to Matter, Analysts Say

Labeled “traitors” by opposition leaders, nine former members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) walked away from the beleaguered opposition party to have their ban on political activities lifted by the government.