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Negotiations Falter After Election Results Released

Negotiations between the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP over an investigation into election irregularities stalled Monday after the National Election Committee released official preliminary election results that supported the ruling party’s claim of victory in the July 28 election.

Sam Rainsy Rejects Accusation of Inciting Military Coup

CNRP president Sam Rainsy on Monday defended his recent Facebook posts urging police and soldiers to “stand up” with the people and “demand” a change of government, and dismissed claims from the ruling CPP that he was inciting a coup.

Official NEC Election Results Show CPP Victory

The National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday morning released its first official election results, which were nearly identical to unofficial results released by the NEC in the days following the election, showing a clear CPP victory in the July 28 poll.

NEC to Release Election Results Before Resolving Complaints

The National Election Committee will release preliminary election results at 9 a.m. today despite ongoing talks between the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP over how to investigate alleged irregularities in the electoral process.

CNRP Rejects Information Minister’s Power Sharing Remarks

The opposition CNRP on Sat­urday denied remarks made by Information Minister Khieu Kanharith claiming that the ruling CPP and CNRP had met on Friday in part to discuss how power would be shared in the National Assembly during the next mandate.

Rainsy Asks UN for Observers to Monitor Election Investigation

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has requested U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to send observers to monitor an investigation being carried out by the National Election Committee into irregularities at polling stations on July 28.

Paths to Parliament Cleared for CPP’s Powerful Sons

Despite failing to win enough votes in the July 28 election to become lawmakers, at least three sons of some of the ruling CPP’s most high-ranking members will still take up seats in Parliament when the next government is formed, senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said Wednesday.

Sparks and Accusations Fly During CPP, CNRP Radio Debate

CNRP chief whip Son Chhay and CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun engaged in a heated radio debate on Sunday evening that descended into acrimony when both officials argued over the legitimacy of recent attempts by the ruling CPP to ban the opposition from sitting in the National Assembly.

Investigation Committee Nixed One Day After Creation

A joint-party task force that the National Election Committee (NEC) on Saturday announced would be set up to investigate alleged irregularities during the July 28 national election was abruptly abandoned Sunday, with NEC President Im Suosdey announcing that his organization will instead push ahead with its own investigation.

US Calls for Investigation Into Election Irregularities

The U.S. has called for a credible investigation into allegations of irregularities during Sunday’s National Assembly election, which the ruling CPP has said it won with a much reduced number of seats.

Hun Sen Defends His Decision to Break the Law

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday again admitted publicly to breaking the law when he helped opposition leader Kem Sokha escape arrest for an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl.

Prime Minister Tells CPP to Sue Kem Sokha

Prime Minister Hun Sen instructed senior CPP officials on Wednesday to begin legal action against Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha over his allegations that the ruling party has engaged in a campaign to disrupt the opposition’s election bid.

Hun Sen Says CPP Plays Vote Like an Attacking Football Team

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday took on the role of an inspirational midfield player, figuratively at least, as he used the inauguration of a new football academy in Takeo province to draw a light-hearted analogy likening the CPP to a football team preparing to beat the opposition in the upcoming national election.

In Attacking Kem Sokha, Hun Sen Implicates Himself

When Prime Minister Hun Sen last week accused his main rival in the forthcoming national election of paying a 15-year-old girl for sex, it was more than a sensational allegation. It was also an admission of serious criminal wrongdoing.

Court Investigates Kem Sokha’s Role in Alleged Assault

A judicial official on Sunday confirmed that the Prey Veng Provincial Court is investigating claims made by the mother of a woman purporting to be the abandoned mistress of opposition leader Kem Sokha that his bodyguards assaulted her at an opposition campaign event held last week.

Hun Sen Accuses Kem Sokha of Sex With Girl, 15

Last month, it was denying genocide. Then it was adultery with a long-time mistress. Now it is sex with an underage girl. So continued the government’s scathing attack on opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday. And the national election is still more than a month away.

Surprise Visitor Turns Up to Kem Sokha Press Event

In an ironic twist to the increasingly bitter lead up to next month’s national election, opposition leader Kem Sokha was in the midst of a press conference accusing the CPP of dirty campaign tricks when a woman showed up claiming to be his abandoned and long-suffering mistress.

Hun Sen Denies Telling Thailand to Block Sam Rainsy’s Entry

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday denied having persuaded Thai officials to prevent Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Sam Rainsy from entering Thailand last week to promote his new book.

Hun Sen Says Civil War Would Be Opposition’s Fault

Talk of the country descending into civil war in the run-up to July’s national election continued Monday as Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated that an election victory for the opposition would ignite nationwide violence that would spill over into neighboring Vietnam.

Hun Sen Threatens to Sue Opposition Over Vietnam Remarks

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday threatened to sue opposition members for defamation for statements they allegedly made accusing the ruling CPP of allowing Vietnamese nationals into Cambodia.

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