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A grenade attack on an opposition rally in 1997 rocked Cambodian politics, and left the U.S. ambassador in a precarious position
Alain Gascuel, the editor of French-language journal Cambodge Nouveau, was perusing the paintings at shop-front galleries across from the National Museum in Phnom Penh on a Sunday morning when he heard the first explosion. His camera was at home, but his motorbike was parked outside and he headed straight to the scene—or at least tried to.
Reversing the course of “continuity” laid out by a government spokesman this week, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday declared that the sprawling portfolio of Deputy Prime Minister Sok An would be spread among ministries.
After a makeshift explosive shattered the glass of a Canadia Bank ATM on Russian Boulevard in Phnom Penh on Saturday night, municipal governor Pa Socheatvong on Tuesday said banks should increase security or move their cash machines out of public places.
In a letter that began circulating online Monday, King Norodom Sihamoni calls for Cambodians to head to local polls in June and vote for whomever they please without fear, just days after leaving the signing of highly controversial legal changes to Senate President Say Chhum.
Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, a ruling party stalwart who has been likened to “a Hindu god with 48 arms” for his control over a dizzying array of government bodies, including the Council of Ministers, died in Beijing on Wednesday evening. He was 66.
Sok An, whose path to becoming one of the most powerful men in Cambodia traced the career of Prime Minister Hun Sen, died on Wednesday evening, according to a government spokesman. He was 66.
While the government agreed at the end of last year to let the U.N.’s human rights office continue operating in the country for two more years, the debate over the body’s role in Cambodia is far from finished, as illustrated by the past few days.
Opposition leader Kem Sokha and his three deputies—Pol Ham, Mu Sochua and Eng
With Kem Sokha taking the permanent role of CNRP president, the opposition party on Tuesday named three new vice presidents, lawmakers Mu Sochua, Eng Chhay Eang and Pol Ham, according to party officials.
There is little doubt among observers that Kem Sokha will be named as president of the CNRP at a snap party congress set for Thursday, but who will replace him as the party’s deputy leader is either a closely guarded secret or remains up in the air.
An Australian blogger was found guilty of defaming an anti-pedophile group over accusations that it had manipulated witnesses, paid bribes to influence the courts and knowingly put innocent men behind bars, the organization said in a statement on Wednesday.
Unless there are fundamental changes to the dynamics of politics in Cambodia—with the government suppressing dissent and the opposition often relying on racially charged attacks—disenchantment following next year’s election is likely to lead to violence, a think tank warned in a political analysis released on Tuesday.
A sexually charged smear campaign against opposition lawmakers reached the top of the CNRP on Monday, when the website that has led the drive posted a recording reportedly of party leader Sam Rainsy “seducing” a waitress during a telephone call.
The U.S. ambassador said on Friday that Cambodia was in a league with only three other countries—Sudan, Somalia and Zimbabwe—in being in arrears to the U.S., and said the government should stop dwelling on the past and start planning how to pay back a loan from the 1970s now worth $500 million.
Sor Hun and the monks at his pagoda waited for a few days before going near two chemical barrels dropped on their village near the Vietnamese border in 1970 as part of a U.S. aerial assault meant to flush out Viet Cong guerillas believed to be hiding out there. Two other barrels had exploded on impact.
If it wasn’t already clear, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday let an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos know how he really felt about former U.S. President Barack Obama and his administration’s “pivot” to Asia.
Weeks after holding its largest-ever joint military exercises with China, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has canceled Cambodia’s routine joint military exercises with the U.S. for the next two years, officials confirmed on Monday.
It was clear before Prime Minister Hun Sen took the stage on Saturday that his inaugural meeting with local journalists in Phnom Penh was not going to be a confrontational affair.
The ruling party is refusing to continue negotiations over the release of at least five jailed government critics because opposition leader Sam Rainsy continues to hurl insults at the CPP from exile, the Interior Ministry’s spokesman said on Wednesday.