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Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay speaks to reporters after questioning at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 12, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Opposition Parties Want NEC Overhaul, CPP Not Interested

Four political parties want an overhaul of the NEC composition, pushing for more independent members on the election body, which has skewed sharply toward the ruling CPP since the dissolution of the CNRP in 2017.

Pate commune chief Chhay Thy at the commune hall in Ratanakiri’s O'Yadaw district in May 2022. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Mixed Feelings in Ratanakiri Over Chhay Thy’s Roads

Pate commune chief Chhay Thy is proud of the two roads he built over the past five years. The former rights worker turned ruling party politician said he was confident of ongoing support from residents, but some said they wanted a Jarai leader, not a Khmer outsider.