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CPP ‘Stronghold’ Hangs on By Slim Margin

prek russei commune, Kandal province - A week ago, the CPP commune chief here boldly predicted the party would win at least 70 percent...

Hun Sen Calls Poll Victory for Cambodians

takhmau - Second Prime Mi­nister Hun Sen said the elections mark a “victory” for Cam­bodians, especially coming just a year after the bloody clashes...

Observers Denied Access in Some Poll Stations

Although crowded polls were the biggest distraction Sunday, observers reported scattered problems of being denied access. In general, observer groups were still processing initial...

Cambodians Excitedly Prepare for the Vote

takeo town - Mei Kosal and his wife Nud Sarat arrived at their pagoda polling station a full day early. But they just had...

Ballot-Box Fears Bring Back Memories of 1993

After surprisingly peaceful polling days in 1993, scattered violence and intimidation erupted as the CPP refused to recognize the results.  With just two days to...

CPP Officials Lobby US Leaders in Washington

Three CPP-aligned government officials met with a group from the US Congress and State Department last week, in an apparent move to lobby their...

CPP Runs Politics, Commune-Style, in Kandal

prek russei commune, Kandal province - A calculator and stacks of riel notes are spread on the table in front of Eng Thorn, head...

Party Candidate, Interior Official Detained

Municipal police on Monday night arrested an opposition party candidate and her husband, a high-ranking Ministry of Interior official, and accused the man of...

EU Representative Pledges to Tell It Like It Is

The European Union’s special representative for the Cambodian election pledged Tuesday to keep an open mind about the credibility of the polls.  “I’m not here...

‘Free’ Prey Veng Gets Ultimate Test This Week

prey veng town - One can almost imagine opposition candidate Sam Rainsy and Second Prime Minister Hun Sen going at each other in this...

Funcinpec Official Claims CPP Might Be Getting Nervous

kompong cham town - Funcin­pec Co-Minister of Interior You Hockry said this week he be­lieves the CPP is getting nervous, and he worries that...

Ruling Party Goes Grassroots

kompong cham town - On Tues­day, CPP parliamentarian candidate Yos Son took a speedboat 15 minutes up the Mekong River from this provincial capital...

German Electronics Giant to Open Office in Phnom Penh

Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest electrical engineering and electronics companies, is scheduled to announce today the opening of an office in Cambodia....

CPP Politicos Take Campaigns to Provinces

Second Prime Minister Hun Sen might not be officially campaigning, but the rest of the CPP slate certainly is. Interior co-Minister Sar Kheng has...

Rainsy Denies Role in Attack

The opposition Sam Rainsy Party on Wednesday denounced attempts to blame it for Mon­day night’s grenade attack that killed one and injured eight at...

July ’97 Fighting Still Rings in Voters’ Ears

But It Might Not Affect Votes Cast Outside the Capital Cambodia’s dominant political party seems intent on downplaying if not ignoring altogether last July’s bloody...

Family’s Life Was Shattered Only Seconds From Escape

Her Niece Dead and Son Wounded, Thoughts of July 5 Make Woman ‘Want to Cry’ Sitha’s family was minutes, maybe only seconds from successfully fleeing...

Sam Rainsy Recruits Aggressively From CPP

Opposition candidate Sam Rainsy says he has won the support of a former CPP Interior Ministry secretary of state, and claims more CPP officials...

Parties Kick Off Election Campaigns

The opposition was brazen and  Second Prime Minister Hun Sen quietly confident as thousands of people clogged some of Phnom Penh’s streets Thursday morning...

Opposition Newsapers Vow to Defy NEC Ban

At least six opposition newspapers say they will defy a ban on publishing political propaganda during the election campaign, even if it means risking...

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