Politics
Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay joins a party rally in Preah Vihear province in May 2022. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Son Chhay Returns to Face Defamation Lawsuit

Opposition Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay returned from Australia to Cambodia on Sunday and will face lawsuits lodged over his claim of vote-stealing, including a $1-million suit brought against him by the ruling CPP.

Vote counting at Chea Sim Boeng Keng Kang High School in Phnom Penh on June 5, 2022. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

10% of New Commune Chiefs Are Women

Only 1 in 10 commune chiefs elected across the country last month are women, as a ruling party spokesman said what mattered was effective gender-promoting policies and not the gender of candidates.

Phnom Penh City Hall. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Local Government Official Numbers Swell

The government announced an increase in provincial and district councilors, a move analysts said would only increase political appointees and have no impact on governance.

Hun Sen votes at the June 5 commune election. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

NEC Final Results Cements CPP Sweep of Commune Councils

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party was confirmed the overwhelming victor at the June commune election, as the electoral body announced on Sunday the final results of an election marred with allegations of irregularities and intimidation.