The revised national election law—expected to come before parliament this month—includes a provision that allows National Assembly seats to be taken away from any political party that attempts to boycott parliament following an election, according to a draft of the law made public Thursday.
In a meeting Thursday in Siem Reap province with about 270 provincial officials and members of the opposition CNRP, party President Sam Rainsy promised to find a “win-win solution” to the members’ demands that the provincial CNRP chief be removed from her post.
Prime Minister Hun Sen last week appointed 14 high-ranking officials to a working group that is now responsible for overseeing his bodyguard unit during all events that he and his wife attend, the unit’s commander said Thursday.
An ex-prison guard on Thursday described to the Khmer Rouge tribunal how the stench of decomposing bodies emanating from the Kraing Ta Chan security center was so strong it could be smelled from outside the compound, but refuted accusations he was one of the prison’s “most vicious killers.”
A former official at the National Aids Authority alleged this week that the organization falsified letters authorizing missions to three different provinces so that fraudulent expenses could be claimed.
Following a deal struck to amend the election law on Saturday, the National Assembly will be expanded by two seats for the next national election, official campaign periods will be reduced from 30 days to 21, with four days for public rallies, and NGOs will be banned from “insulting” political parties during campaigns.
Despite bitter government opposition to pursuing cases against mid-ranking Khmer Rouge officials, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on Tuesday laid charges in absentia against former regime navy chief Meas Muth and former district commander Im Chaem.