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Tourism Up 5.9 Percent; PM Predicts More Growth

In a speech Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that Cambodia drew 4.5 million foreign tourists last year, up 5.9 percent from 2013.

Government Requests Another Drop in Gas Price

The Ministry of Commerce has again requested that gasoline companies operating in the country drop their prices at the pump as part of its regular review meant to ensure that consumers benefit from falling global oil prices.

CNRP’s Pen Sovann Partially Paralyzed From Stroke

CNRP lawmaker and former prime minister Pen Sovann is preparing to return to Cambodia after receiving treatment in Singapore for a stroke he suffered last month that left him partially paralyzed, an opposition spokesman said Sunday.

Sar Kheng Says Parties Must ‘Reorient’ to Save Deal

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Thursday that the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP must “reorient” and meet regularly to ensure they are not straying from the terms of last year’s July 22 political deal.

Hun Sen Talks Up Asean’s Chances at Davos Forum

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday told a discussion forum at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that he has high hopes for the planned economic integration of Asean countries this year.

Provincial Officials Want Governor Investigated

Government officials in Preah Sihanouk province are threatening to go on strike unless the Interior Ministry launches an investigation into their claims of nepotism and general incompetence against provincial governor Chhit Sokhon.

Angkor Park Reports Nearly 2% Rise in Foreign Visitors in 2014

Nearly 2.4 million foreign tourists visited Siem Reap province last year, with about 2 million of them visiting Angkor Archaeological Park, both slight increases on 2013, according to figures released Tuesday.

Opposition Lawmakers Still Face Jail, Hun Sen Warns

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday accused the CNRP of violating the “culture of dialogue” that he and the opposition agreed to last year, and warned seven lawmakers charged with incitement and insurrection that their parliamentary immunity would not save them from prison.

Civil Society Leaders Blast Plan to Ban Election Commentary

Civil society leaders on Sunday called on the country’s two major political parties to scrap plans to ban them from giving media interviews during election campaigns and from issuing statements that “insult” any party.

Thailand Agrees to Return 16 Confiscated Artifacts

Thailand has agreed to return 16 ancient artifacts—out of at least 43 that were confiscated from smugglers in 1999—to Cambodia after a meeting between the countries’ top diplomats in Siem Reap City on Friday.

After Reminder, Prime Minister Reflects on 30 Years of Power

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that he had forgotten that it was 30 years to the day that he came to power until reminded by a journalist, and urged his many critics to reconsider their opinions of him.

National Bank Announces New 100, 500 Riel Notes

The National Bank of Cambodia on Wednesday announced a redesign for the 100 and 500 riel notes, which will feature portraits of former King Norodom Sihanouk and King Norodom Sihamoni, respectively.

PM Wants Lower Prices for Thrifty Power Users

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called on state agencies to help lower electricity costs for consumers around the country and proposed a scheme to prevent landlords from gouging workers by fitting more rented rooms with their own meters.

Gov’t Officials Visit Nauru Refugee Site

The U.N. and an Australian refugee rights group say a delegation of Cambodian officials arrived Monday in the South Pacific island nation of Nauru, where Australia is holding hundreds of asylum seekers and hopes to convince at least some of them to volunteer to be resettled in Cambodia.

Low-Ranking Police, Soldiers to See Salary Increases

Low-ranking police and soldiers will see their salaries increased before the start of Khmer New Year in mid-April, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Monday.

Prime Minister Commends New Hydropower Dam in Koh Kong

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday inaugurated a 338-megawatt hydropower dam in Koh Kong province and heralded it as a significant step toward reducing electricity costs in the country.

Angkor Park Authority Says $9M Lease Fee ‘Not Gone’

The Apsara Authority admitted Thursday that millions of dollars it received in exchange for land leased to businessman Sok Kong for a hotel near Angkor Archaeological Park have not been paid to the Finance Ministry due to “a technical problem with accounting.”

CPP Marks 36 Years Since Vietnam Ousted Pol Pot

National Assembly President Heng Samrin on Wednesday led a celebration to mark the 36th anniversary of the day the Vietnamese Army and a band of Khmer Rouge defectors overthrew Pol Pot’s regime and created the People’s Republic of Kampuchea.

‘Technical Error’ Caused Court To Summon CNRP Lawmakers

The lawyers for the four opposition CNRP lawmakers called to appear before the Supreme Court later this month for a hearing over their “insurrection” charges—despite their immunity from prosecution—on Tuesday said that the issuing of the summonses was due to “a technical error.”

Hun Sen Invokes Assad, ISIS in Defense of January 7

Those who hate Pol Pot should support Prime Minister Hun Sen in the same way that those who hate the Islamic State militant group must support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the prime minister said Monday.