Som Ek, a convicted terrorist who escaped from prison guards while being treated at a hospital earlier this month, is back in custody after police caught him at a Siem Reap pagoda attempting to join the monkhood, officials said on Wednesday.
The National Assembly’s CPP-dominated permanent committee on Wednesday approved new fines for absentee lawmakers and rejected the opposition’s list of proposed amendments to a trio of contentious laws on judicial independence, claiming the list was too long.
Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium was abuzz on Wednesday as Cambodia’s sports stars mingled with amateur athletes from across the country, visiting the capital for the nation’s biggest sporting event since the 1960s.
In his final turn on the stand before a verdict is handed down next month, jailed opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour told the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday that he had hoped his criticism of the government’s border work would unite, not divide, the country.
The government’s nearly $5 billion 2017 budget, which includes a 35 percent increase in education spending and a 22 percent increase in funding for national defense, received unanimous approval on Wednesday from the National Assembly’s permanent committee.
Despite a much-hyped online business registration system rolled out this year, starting a company in Cambodia has only become harder, a World Bank report released on Wednesday says.
The government’s election authority has advised the Interior Ministry to help commune officials register security personnel, including soldiers, in communes other than where they live or are based, entrenching a practice the opposition fears the government could use to rig next year’s commune elections and the national poll in 2018.
The title of Yim Maline’s latest series of artworks may be misleading, as the word “decomposition” doesn’t usually evoke beauty. But the pieces in her exhibition, opening tonight at Phnom Penh gallery Sa Sa Bassac, are stunning.
The following excerpt is from the book “Beyond the Facade: Elections Under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia” by Lee Morgenbesser. The book, its publisher notes, “examines the question of why authoritarian regimes in Southeast Asia bother holding elections,” using the examples of Cambodia, Burma and Singapore. “Far from being mere window dressing or even a precursor to democracy, flawed elections, Morgenbesser concludes, are paramount to the maintenance of authoritarian rule.”
A century of popular uprisings leaves government officials wary of mass gatherings and fond of force.
Long after the fall of Pol Pot, arguments still fester over whether an estimated 215,000 Chinese deaths during the Khmer Rouge were an act of genocide.
After nearly a decade of painstakingly listening to Cambodians —from people in cafes in casual conversation to academics opining in their fields—a pair of linguists has produced a definitive guide to Khmer pronunciation.
It was about 1 a.m. when the pirates stormed the ship. First they killed the Taiwanese captain and tied up the crew. Then came the demands: millions of U.S. dollars in exchange for the lives of the captives—most of whom were from impoverished families and developing countries.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has officially been exiled from the country in a move that contradicts domestic laws and violates international conventions signed by the Cambodian government.