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Hun Sinath, left, meets with Seang Chanheng on Monday. (Hun Sinath's Facebook)

Hun Sen’s Sister Wins Dispute Over Land Inside Airport Concession

A plot of 50 hectares — or possibly 80 — within state land that was allocated to a major airport development is instead being transferred from a controversial tycoon to the prime minister’s sister, according to murky details emerging from a public spat among elites.

Tourist-Friendly Tonle Bati Next in Line as Lake Losses Ramp Up

Two-thirds of Tonle Bati lake — a popular weekend getaway — will be filled in by a developer, official documents show, as three other lakes in Kandal and a further area on Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok have been privatized by Hun Sen’s decree.

The Techo airport terminal and air control tower under construction in September 2021.

Deputy PM Intervenes in Techo Airport Dispute

Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An has issued a letter to the Kandal governor telling him to look into the situations of 121 families contesting the development of Phnom Penh’s new airport, settle their dispute, and report back.

A house in Prek Sleng commune, in Kandal province’s Kandal Stung district, displays ruling party flags and a photo of Prime Minister Hun Sen, on May 6, 2022. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Techo Airport Dispute, Gun Fire and Land Clearings Fuel Electoral Discontent

Kandal’s new airport development has raised tensions in Kandal Stung’s communes — residents have spoken about officers firing warning shots and loss of land. With the commune election a month away, Candlelight candidates are taking up the issue looking to capitalize on the growing discontent in the district.