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Council of Ministers Adviser Given Sok An’s Parliamentary Seat

Chea Vandeth, the founder of a major private university and adviser to the Council of Ministers, will take former Deputy Prime Minister Sok An’s parliamentary seat representing Takeo province, officials said on Sunday.

Government Threatens Land Rights Protesters With Legal Action

The Commerce Ministry has threatened to take unspecified legal “measures” against anyone joining a protest against a sugarcane plantation who does not have a personal claim in the dispute.

Sok An’s Fiefdom to Be Split Up, Hun Sen Says

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.

Sub-Decree Relaxes Penalties Under Traffic Law

Motorists caught driving drunk will only be sent to court if they repeat their offense within a six-month period, according to a new sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.

PM Praises Trump’s TPP Withdrawal, Slams Protectionism

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday praised U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but said the president’s protectionist policies were doomed to fail.

Leaked Sok An Insults by Opposition Party Officials Spark Apology

Two CNRP officials apologized to the family of former Deputy Prime Minister Sok An on Saturday after calling the recently deceased ruling party leader a “master of cockfighting” in a leaked telephone conversation, while a government spokesman said he planned to sue a CNRP supporter for telling Sok An to “Rest in Hell.”

Fears Hover Over Plan to Collect Data on All Cambodians

Every Cambodian will be assigned a 10-digit identification number under which information from various government departments, as well as the private sector, will be collected in a central database, Interior Minister Sar Kheng announced on Thursday.

Vietnam Promises to Back Off Border Areas

In contrast to their last meeting over the border, when Cambodia and Vietnam didn’t manage to release a joint statement, Cambodian officials said on Wednesday that during discussions Vietnam had again agreed not to build or farm in areas that are still in dispute.

Police Raid Kem Ley Film Screening; Students Held

A 30-minute documentary about the murder of political analyst Kem Ley, which was released online months ago, has become the latest work about a slain critic added to the government’s list of restricted films.

Top Judges Retain Roles Despite Being Over Retirement Age

Five Supreme Court judges over the official retirement age of 65 will be allowed to continue working after the Supreme Council of Magistracy agreed to continue their employment at its 28th annual meeting on Monday.

Lawyer Says Kem Ley Case ‘Not Complicated’

The lawyer tasked with defending Oeuth Ang, the man accused of gunning down government critic Kem Ley in July, confirmed on Sunday that he would attend the trial’s first hearing on Wednesday without seeking a delay because the case file “is not complicated.”

CNRP Candidate Resigns After Defacing Signs

A retired teacher running for commune council in Takeo province defaced two opposition CNRP signs that he had paid for himself to protest the low ranking he was given by the party for the June race, he said on Sunday.

Interior Ministry Report Boasts of Crackdown on Political Protests

Besieged by color revolutionaries, agitators and criminal politicians, the Interior Ministry kept the country safe from encroaching instability—at least, that was the ministry’s boast on Wednesday at its annual meeting.

Villagers Fear Another Drought as Waterways, Ponds Dry Up

Less than a year after the end of Cambodia’s worst drought in decades, villagers in Banteay Meanchey province say they are again facing a water shortage, and have yet to receive any word of help from authorities.

CNRP Activist Seeking Asylum After Incitement Summons

A 25-year-old opposition activist is seeking asylum abroad after fleeing Cambodia to escape a court summons for incitement, he said on Monday.

Government Ditches Hydropower Dam for More Coal Power

The government has indefinitely put off plans for a hydropower dam in Koh Kong province’s Areng valley in favor of expanding an existing coal-fired power plant, though conservationists worry that a planned transmission line through the ecologically sensitive valley could still inflict heavy damage.

Veteran Lawyer To Represent Suspected Kem Ley Killer

A lawyer who has represented civil parties at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and defended opposition figures has been tasked with defending the suspected shooter of political analyst Kem Ley, Oeuth Ang, whose trial is set to begin on March 1.

Labor Minister Ups Ante Over Child Labor Claims, Warns of Jail

Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng on Thursday said authorities had found only 10 to 20 cases of child labor at brick factories since launching an investigation into allegations of widespread labor abuse, and he again threatened to take legal action against rights group Licadho.

Mother Nature Sentence Upheld as Activists Mull Return

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday upheld a $25,000 fine for three environmental activists who fled the country after being convicted of threatening to destroy a sand dredging barge in Koh Kong province in 2015. They are now debating returning home, however, after the court also rejected an appeal by prosecutors to hand them additional jail time.

Plans for National Minimum Wage Moves Ahead

The government wants to pass a law for setting a national minimum wage this year and will hold a public forum to gather feedback before putting it to a vote, Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng said on Wednesday at the ministry’s annual meeting in Phnom Penh.