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Snack vendors park behind a CPP sign in Mondulkiri province's Sen Monorom City on October 17, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Lawyer Requests Early Release for Jailed Sandal-Thrower

Jailed sandal-thrower Sam Sokha, sentenced twice for incitement after being extradited from her escape to Thailand, should be released five months early due to health concerns amid the pandemic, her lawyer asked the Kampong Speu Provincial Court.

Supporters of the outlawed opposition CNRP hold up Cambodian flags near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 26, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Sam Rainsy’s Facebook Newsreader Returns From Exile, Joins CPP

Three former opposition CNRP youth members have defected to the ruling party, including a woman who previously presented the nightly news on party co-founder Sam Rainsy’s Facebook page and, according to Rainsy, had received refugee status after fleeing to Thailand to escape incitement and plotting charges.

Authorities surround protesters in Phnom Penh on September 7, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

In Activists’ Arrests, Some See Scared Gov’t, CPP Says It Has No Fear

A recent wave of arrests of youth activists show the government’s fear of outspoken dissidents, and the potential for small demonstrations to become large-scale protests, political activists and analysts say, while a ruling party official denied any such fear yet suggested that the CPP intended to put out a “fire” before it spread.

Hun Manet participates in the 20th anniversary commemoration of the creation of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ military headquarters in Phnom Penh, in this photograph posted to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook page.

Hun Manet Appointed to Lead Ruling Party’s Youth Movement

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son General Hun Manet has been appointed to lead the ruling CPP’s purported 1.8 million-strong youth movement, a promotion that one analyst called a “preparation” for Manet to one day lead the nation.

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.