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CPP Determined to Stay in Power, German Diplomat Says

Many in the CPP believe they owe it to Cambodia to stop the CNRP from taking power and tearing the nation apart, and from that “everybody can draw their own conclusions” on whether there will be a free election in 2018, Germany’s outgoing ambassador said this week.

CPP Media Pins Kem Ley Murder on CNRP

The murder of Kem Ley had the hallmarks of hits on others who have questioned Prime Minister Hun Sen’s rule over the past 31 years, but CPP-aligned media are suggesting that the opposition party is behind his death.

With Critic’s Murder, a Singular Voice Silenced

Abrupt in an era in which many believed the old plague of government critics being assassinated had been extinguished, the execution-style slaying of Kem Ley as he sat for a coffee in Phnom Penh on Sunday morning sent shockwaves through the nation.

Prominent Political Analyst Kem Ley Slain

Kem Ley, perhaps Cambodia’s most prominent political analyst and a frequent critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen, was shot dead on Sunday morning at the convenience store of a gas station where he drank coffee and met with friends most mornings.

The Rise and Revolt of ‘Rescue Girl’ Thy Sovantha

Once a rising star whose videos attracted young voters to the opposition party, Thy Sovantha's popularity has tanked among her former fans since attacking deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha for an alleged affair.

CNRP Reaches Out to Sar Kheng for Talks Amid Turmoil

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, whom the prime minister last week threatened to imprison “forever,” has reached out to Interior Minister Sar Kheng to seek talks, a senior opposition lawmaker said on Monday.

Hun Sen Decides When ‘Rule of Law’ Applies

The government's case against deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha highlights Prime Minister Hun Sen's longstanding tactic of scaring political opponents with jail time while maintaining a position of strict constitutionalism when it comes to their release.

Suu Kyi’s Message to Migrants Resonates in Cambodia

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's words of hope to migrants from her country working in Thailand have captured the attention of Cambodians on Facebook, who have chased higher wages but difficult lives abroad.

Kem Sokha Marks One Month in Headquarters

CNRP Vice President Kem So­kha marked a month in self-imposed house arrest in the opposition party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh on Sunday, with no indication that he plans to leave and authorities proving reluctant to force their way in to seize him.

Don’t Compare Me to Suu Kyi, Sam Rainsy Tells Supporters

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has pleaded with supporters to not compare him with Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying he fears he might needlessly be killed if he returns to Cambodia.

RCAF Soldiers to Train in Ancient Martial Art

Seasoned soldiers and new recruits to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) are set to receive training in the ancient martial art of bokator, military officials announced at a news conference on Wednesday.

CNRP’s Awkward Marriage Lasts, for Now

Almost four years after the union of dueling opposition factions run by Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha to form the CNRP, the party remains intact, avoiding the traps of the past despite serious differences of opinion between Mr. Rainsy and Mr. Sokha.

Defiant Kem Sokha Still Free, Still in Hiding

A free man for another night, deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha remained in high spirits on Tuesday, according to a CNRP official, after armed police spent the day “training” around the corner from his sanctuary inside party headquarters in Phnom Penh.

Ten Years on, Things a Lot Like 10 Years Ago

Recent arrests of opposition officials and human rights workers bear an eerie resemblance to political maneuvering over a decade ago.

Government Mouthpieces Have Roots in Opposition

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan has little trouble these days conjuring up attacks on the country’s opposition leaders, describing Sam Rainsy as a “racist” with a Vietnamese mother and Kem Sokha as “a puppet of the U.S.” engaged in sex slavery.

CPP Bigger Than Hun Sen, Dissent Reminds

The impression of divisions within the ruling party was strengthened when Interior Minister Sar Kheng last month expressed what seemed to be dissent against the blizzard of arrests amid the government’s paranoia about a “color revolution” breaking out.

Police May Choose Not to Apprehend Sokha

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said on Thursday that police may choose not to execute an arrest warrant for deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, which the courts say is forthcoming, if they believed his arrest would cause “blood to flow, clashes or acts of violence.”

Where Rainsy Would Not, Sokha Stands Up

It’s easy to be the authoritarian leader of a poor agricultural nation when your chief opponent lives in an apartment near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Prime Minister Hun Sen has learned over the past decade.

CPP Lawmakers Clear Sokha’s Path to Prison

Holed up in the CNRP’s headquarters for yet another day, deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha was still a free man as of late Monday night despite the ruling CPP’s lawmakers meeting in the National Assembly on their own earlier in the day to approve his arrest.

If Rong Chhun Goes, CPP Can Veto Any New NEC Member

Any appointments to the National Election Committee (NEC) to replace CNRP-appointed Rong Chhun, who now faces a criminal trial for “intentional violence,” would have to be approved by the ruling CPP under current laws, a lawmaker said on Thursday.

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