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Neou Vannarin

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Rainsy Says Climate in Cambodia Is Ripe for Civil War

Self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy has said the government’s decision to strip 27 lawmakers from the SRP and Human Rights Party (HRP) of their parliamentary status and salaries has created the necessary conditions in the country to bring about a renewed state of civil war.

Hun Sen Reminds Cambodians of Darker Times—Again

As the July 28 national election draws near, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday again lauded the ruling CPP for taking Cambodia from the post-Khmer Rouge era to an economic success story. Without the CPP, he said, Phnom Penh would have “become a coconut plantation.”

Hun Sen Says Water, Power Shortages to Stay

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that the rapid growth of Phnom Penh’s population coupled with the rampant construction of new property projects means that there would always be a shortage of water and electricity supplies in the capital.

Hun Sen Says Rural Breastfeeding Campaigns a Waste of Money

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told health workers and NGOs they were wasting their money on campaigns to promote breastfeeding in rural areas because 99 percent of mothers in those areas already breastfeed.

Hun Sen Says National Election is Already Won

With two months still to go until national elections are held on July 28, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday called on his administration to begin preparing for another five years in office and declared that victory for the ruling CPP was already guaranteed.

Hun Sen, CNRP at Odds Over Election Research Results

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday that the U.S.-based In­ternational Republican Institute (IRI) has released to the CPP previously undisclosed results from a January survey of 2,000 eligible voters that shows 77 percent of the electorate will vote for, or are likely to vote for, his ruling party in the upcoming national election.

Hun Sen Says Kem Sokha Should Step Down as Protest Looms

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday called on opposition leader Kem Sokha to step down and encouraged Cambodians to protest against him en masse unless he apologizes for comments he made apparently denying that the Khmer Rouge was responsible for some of its worst crimes.

Hun Sen Urges More Hiring of Disabled People

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday appealed to all government and private institutions to recruit more people with disabilities before the end of 2013 so as to fulfill a quota stipulated by a 2010 sub-decree.

Funcinpec Makes Anti-Monarchy Claims Against Opposition

Funcinpec, the minor party in coalition with the ruling CPP, on Tuesday picked up on criticism of opposition leader Kem Sokha by Prime Minister Hun Sen and accused both him and fellow opposition leader Kong Korm of aiming to do away with the monarchy.

Opposition Backs Hun Sen’s Ban on Denial of KR Crimes

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said Tuesday it supported Prime Minister Hun Sen’s proposal for a new law that would make it illegal to deny the crimes of the Khmer Rouge.

Hun Sen Says Mansion, Feng Shui Seal His Election Win

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that the auspicious location of his Phnom Penh mansion—on Suramarith Boulevard between Wat Lanka and Wat Botum —was a clear sign he would be victorious in July’s national election.

Hun Sen Calls For Law Against Denial of KR Crimes

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday berated the opposition’s acting president, Kem Sokha, for his recent claims that Khmer Rouge atrocities at Tuol Sleng prison were fabricated by the Vietnamese, and called for a new law making it illegal to deny crimes carried out by the Pol Pot regime.

Prince Thomico Declares Assets; to Resign From Royal Life

Prince Sisowath Thomico has declared his assets to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), after the government body on Wednesday threatened to take him to court if he failed to do so.

Hun Sen Compares Opposition CNRP to the Khmer Rouge

Prime Minister Hun Sen leveled new, increasingly hysterical, accusations against the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Wednesday, even claiming it would take a page from the Khmer Rouge regime and do away with banks if the party is victorious in July’s national election.

Hun Sen Tells Landowners in Kep to Obey Tax Law

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday told landowners in the coastal province of Kep to pay their taxes on unused land and increase the amount of investment in the area to attract more visitors.

Anti-Corruption Unit Issues Warning to Prince Thomico

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has issued a warning letter to Prince Sisowath Thomico, an election candidate for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), telling him to declare his assets with the body within a week or face the possibility of imprisonment, according to a letter obtained Tuesday.

Hun Sen Says CNRP Threatens Monarchy

Prime Minister Hun Sen warned Thursday that the opposition Cam­bodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) includes members of at least three separate revolutionary groups aiming to topple his CPP and the country’s monarchy, adding that only he was capable of protecting the King and royal family.

Hun Sen Hopes for Increased Rubber Exports

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that he hoped land being registered to rural families as part of the government’s nationwide land-titling program would be used to cultivate rubber trees in order to help the country compete with Vietnam as the world’s third-largest rubber exporter.

Hun Sen Orders Toxic Ice Factory Shut Down

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Saturday that he had ordered a Phnom Penh ice-making factory to shut down, after pungent chemical emissions from the plant in Russei Keo district caused more than 100 nearby residents to be hospitalized with breathing problems on Friday.

Hun Sen Says Infighting Is Rife Inside Opposition CNRP

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday continued his efforts to undermine support for the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) by claiming that division and infighting is rife within the opposition party.