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Cambodia drifts towards autocracy

Last June’s commune elections in Cambodia were expected to set the stage for the all-important national elections in 2018. Instead, 2017 marked a watershed not in terms of the electoral choice of Cambodians, but in terms of the November decision by the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to disregard it.

Cambodia’s path toward sustaining long-term growth

After it graduated from Least Developed Country status in July 2016, Cambodia’s economy has remained healthy with a GDP growth rate of 6.9 per cent in 2017. This was driven by the recovering tourism sector, the ongoing construction boom and the gradual emergence of non-textile exports.

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Protestors stand up to Cambodia’s Hun Sen in Australia

Hundreds of Cambodian-Australians gathered in Sydney on Friday (Mar 16) to protest the visit of Cambodian leader Hun Sen who is accused of overseeing widespread human rights violations in the Southeast Asian nation.

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