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Neou Vannarin

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CPP’s Elite Showers Red Cross With Cash

($) With less than three months until Cambodia’s national elections, the country’s political and business elite gathered Wednesday in Phnom Penh to mark World Red Cross Day, taking part in a donation drive that raised $14 million for the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) in the presence of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany.

Hun Sen Reveals Plan to Win 3 More Elections, Retire at Age 74

($) Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said he plans to win at least three more national elections before finally stepping down at the age of 74.

Ahead of Election, Hun Sen Turns to Muslims in Search of Votes

($) Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday rallied support among the country’s Muslim population ahead of July’s elections by promising to carry on late King Father Noro­dom Sihanouk’s legacy of recognizing all faiths.

Hun Sen Says Cambodia A ‘Heaven’ for Tolerance

Cambodia’s disparate religious groups live harmoniously together and are unlikely to experience any of the divisions that are leading to violence in Burma and Southern Thailand, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday.

Hun Sen Tells of Eldest Son’s Supernatural Arrival

($) Prime Minister Hun Sen told an audience of about 5,000 people in Kompong Cham province Thursday that his oldest son, Hun Manet, was probably born from a powerful spirit that revealed itself as a flashing light that shot out of a Banyan tree and passed over Mr. Hun Sen’s house at the very moment his son entered the world.

Thailand, Cambodia Set To Hold Border Meeting

A military delegation lead by Royal Cambodian Armed Forces General Neang Phat left for Thai­land yesterday to prepare for a two-day meeting between their respective defense ministers later this month.

Hun Sen Promises to Protect Sihanouk’s Legacy of Prosperity

($) Speaking from the Preah Sihanouk Autonomous Port in Preah Sihanouk province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen promised that he would preserve the name of the seaside province and the legacy of its namesake while leading a return to the age of prosperity overseen by then-head of state King Norodom Si­hanouk in the 1960s.

Japan Loans Cambodia $90 Million for Road Project

Cambodia on Tuesday signed off on a $90-million loan from Japan to finance the widening of a 47-km stretch of National Road 5 between Battambang and Serei Saophoan cities, which aims to improve traffic flow on one of the country’s major transportation arteries.

Hun Sen Seeks Garment Factory Worker Vote

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday asked some 4,000 garment factory workers for their votes in July’s national elections at a rally in Phnom Penh attended by members of several CPP-aligned unions, according to those in attendance.

Hun Sen Warns CPP Loss Could Wipe Out His Legacy

($) Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday raised concerns that his legacy would be physically eradicated if Cambodia’s electorate were to vote a new political party into power in the upcoming elections, claiming that a new government would tear down public buildings and infrastructure bearing his name.

Hun Sen Demands Answers to Water Shortage

($) Prime Minister Hun Sen chastised local authorities in Preah Sihanouk province on Friday for their inability to prevent a water shortage in early April that crippled businesses in the tourist hub of Sihanoukville and left locals without running water for almost a week.

NEC Says Less Donor Support Shows Trust in Elections

($) The National Election Committee (NEC) has said that the dearth of foreign donations and observers coming in for this year’s national elections is a sign of the international community’s growing confidence in the government’s ability to do the job itself.

Hun Sen Bestows ‘Glorious Genius’ Titles

($) During a ceremony at his Peace Palace on Tuesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen anointed nine members of the Buddhist clergy and the country’s Finance Minister with the honorary and exclusive honorific of Keti Banditt, which translates roughly to “glorious person of genius.”

Hun Sen Says Border Row No Reason to Be Enemies With Thailand

($) Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday sought to assure Cambodians of continued peace with Thailand no matter how the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rules in their tense border dispute around Preah Vihear temple.

Hun Sen Endorses Latest Candidate in CPP Dynasty

($) As the CPP gears up for its fifth national election in July and Mr. Hun Sen seeks his fourth term as prime minister, the ruling party’s leaders appear to be planting the seeds of a political dynasty.

Newspaper Publisher and Family Arrested, Released in Vietnam

Vietnamese border police on Friday detained the publisher of a Cambodia-based newspaper that is highly critical of Vietnam’s communist government and its treatment of...

Hor Namhong to Head Committee With Chinese Government

($) Foreign Minister Hor Namhong and former Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi have been chosen to co-chair a newly created intergovernmental committee launched between the two countries this week to enhance cooperation in areas such as law enforcement and defense.

Kith Meng, Hun Sen Shop For Chinese Satellites

Royal Group chairman Kith Meng is considering purchasing a $400 million Chinese-made satellite to extend his communications em­pire, Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh said Wednesday.

New Committee to Strengthen Ties With China

($) China and Cambodia have agreed to establish a new intergovernmental committee designed to enhance cooperation between the two countries in national defense, law enforcement, agricultural development and mineral exploration, both countries said Tuesday in a joint communique.

Hun Sen Tells State Workers to Be Neutral Ahead of Election

A day after he urged people to vote for the CPP, Prime Minister Hun Sen continued with his election messages Tuesday, this time calling for neutrality across the country and urging government authorities to ensure that the vote is free of violence.