Amid the ruling CPP’s continuing stranglehold on the country’s nine terrestrial television stations, the opposition CNRP on Monday launched an online television station that it describes as a “test,” CNRP director of public affairs Mu Sochua said Wednesday.
CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun said Wednesday that the National Assembly will take legal action against the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel) for causing “chaos” in society by reporting the day before the national election that the indelible voter ink could be easily washed off.
More than six weeks since the ruling CPP and CNRP last met, and failed, to break the post-election political impasse, representatives from both parties restarted negotiations Tuesday at the National Assembly, but came nowhere near to settling their differences.
CNRP President Sam Rainsy and CPP Interior Minister Sar Kheng spoke by telephone on Friday and have agreed to a meeting between the two parties on Tuesday, the minister said, a day after it appeared that lines of communication between the two sides had broken down.
At about 10 a.m. Thursday morning, during a press conference at the CNRP’s Phnom Penh headquarters, opposition leader Sam Rainsy dialed the phone number of CPP Interior Minister Sar Kheng and told a few dozen reporters in attendance that he would broadcast their conversation over speaker phone.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy plans to call CPP Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Thursday to discuss restarting negotiations between the two parties. Mr. Rainsy said that he hoped Mr. Kheng would clarify whether the CPP is unconditionally open to further negotiations.
The opposition CNRP released a letter Tuesday warning investment firms, foreign nations and international institutions that if the party forms a government, it will review and potentially annul any agreement made with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s CPP during the current mandate.
The Washington-based National Democratic Institute on Tuesday shared initial findings from a survey carried out across the country in the wake of July’s national election, which found that one-third of the country’s eligible voters could not vote.
CNRP leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha used the Buddhist Kathin festival period on Monday to visit a pagoda in Phnom Penh and tell the congregation, many of them from Kampuchea Krom, that the opposition party would rescue the nation.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Sunday that the CNRP would formally appeal to the CPP this week to resume negotiations to end the ongoing political deadlock, but said the CPP would have to meet the CNRP’s conditions for a new round of talks.