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Election monitoring groups in Cambodia headed by PM’s son, ‘ambassador’

Three of the groups approved to monitor Cambodia’s election have close ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen, one headed by his son and the other two led by a man who was appointed by the Southeast Asian country’s strongman ruler as a “goodwill ambassador”.

Boycott sham Cambodian elections, says opponent Rainsy

Cambodians must show Prime Minister Hun Sen that his time is up by boycotting “fake” elections this month, and Western powers need to pressure him with targeted sanctions, exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy said on Thursday.

Cambodian security forces overstep neutrality rules in election campaign, rights group says

Cambodia’s security forces are “actively campaigning” for the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of a general election on July 29, in violation of a law requiring political neutrality, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Australian filmmaker apologizes to Cambodia PM ahead of espionage trial

Jailed Australian filmmaker James Ricketson has apologized for disrespectful comments about Cambodia’s long serving Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of a trial in which he stands accused of espionage and faces 10 years in jail if convicted.

Cambodia readies first onshore bond

Cambodia is set to become the next frontier market for credit investors, as it prepares to welcome its first corporate bond later this year.

Cambodia says 50,000 observers to monitor July election

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) on Wednesday said 50,000 observers, including some from China, Myanmar and Singapore, will monitor a general election next month, which is widely expected to be a landslide victory for Prime Minister Hun Sen after the main opposition party was dissolved last year.

World Bank pledges $110 mln to upgrade Cambodia’s key highway

The World Bank will provide $110 million in financing for Cambdoia to improve is main national highway, its board said in a statement on Friday.

China pledges over $100 million military aid to Cambodia

China has granted more than $100 million in military aid to Cambodia, Cambodia said on Tuesday, highlighting the strong ties between Beijing and a government that critics accuse of destroying democracy ahead of an election next month.

Crackdown and cash: Hun Sen’s recipe for victory in Cambodian poll

Drenched in sweat and more than an hour into a speech urging 16,000 garment factory workers to vote for the ruling party, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia revived the restless crowd by announcing that everyone would receive a cash gift.

Cambodian curbs on election news could smother debate – U.N. warns

Vaguely worded Cambodian media rules could bring sweeping restrictions that prevent journalists reporting on controversial issues in the run-up to a general election, U.N. rights monitors warned on Friday.

In Cambodia, stalled Chinese casino resort embodies Silk Road secrecy, risks

The Dara Sakor Seashore Resort seems a long way off the new Silk Road that China is building to connect Asia with Europe.

Cambodia to Monitor Online News Ahead of July Election

Cambodia will monitor and control online news content intended to cause "instability", an official notice said on Monday, the government's latest move to control information ahead of a general election in July.

In rush to electrify, Cambodia stirs the living and dead

Nat Sota worries about the spirits of her ancestors.

In Cambodia’s capital, Chinese buyers pump luxury property bubble

Guo Qirui, 30, says it’s a lonely journey when he goes home to his rented luxury condominium in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, the country where the Chinese retail executive has lived for nearly half a decade.

Cambodia makes first arrest using new royal insult law

A 50-year-old teacher has been arrested in Cambodia for allegedly insulting the monarchy in a comment posted on Facebook, police said on Sunday, the first such arrest since the country adopted a royal insult law earlier this year.

Cambodia condemns move by U.S. Congressman to impose sanctions

Cambodia on Friday condemned a proposal by a U.S. Congressman to impose financial sanctions on long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen and his officials, saying the bid destroyed the credibility of the United States.

U.N. urges Cambodia to free opposition leader, calls detention ‘arbitrary’

A United Nations body has declared arbitrary the detention of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, demanding his immediate release and the award of compensation, as the southeast Asian nation prepares for a general election on July 29.

Sale of newspaper in Cambodia ‘disaster’ for media freedom: rights group

The purchase of the Phnom Penh Post by a Malaysian whose public relations firm lists Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen as a client is a “disaster” for media freedom ahead of a general election, an international rights group said on Monday.

Cambodia’s Supreme Court rejects bail for detained opposition leader

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea for bail by detained opposition leader Kem Sokha, following his arrest last year on charges of seeking to overthrow the government.

Cambodia Launches Campaign to Get Voters to Turn Out for July Election

Cambodia's election panel on Friday began a campaign to get voters to turn out for a July 29 general election, despite the concerns of some Western nations and the United Nations that the vote might not be free or fair after a key opposition party ban.

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Election Body Issues Text Messages Warning of Election Law Prosecutions

The national election body has warned Cambodians in a series of text messages that they could face prosecution if they are found to have violated the election law, which extends to calls to boycott the vote.

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