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KPP Announces Congress Seeking New President

The Khmer Power Party will hold a congress next month to replace its recently convicted ex-president and make plans to remove his image from its public signs, the party announced on Monday at a media conference in Phnom Penh.

Government OKs Fisheries Amendment, Allows Smaller Mesh

Streamlining fisheries cantonments and allowing finer fishing nets to allow for a bigger catch will be introduced as part of an amendment to the Fisheries Law signed off by the Council of Ministers on Friday, an official said.

Ministry Names Companies Able To Export Sand

The Mines and Energy Ministry on Wednesday gave the names of two companies granted sand export licenses after CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay asked the ministry to provide detailed records.

Prime Minister Chastises EU Over Situation Room Funds

The E.U. ambassador was the latest target to come in the firing line of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who on Tuesday railed over the bloc’s contributions to organizations involved in the Situation Room, a consortium of election-monitoring NGOs Mr. Hun Sen likened to “a battlefield headquarters.”

Rubber Trees Cited for Contribution to Growing Forest Cover

Citing a big boost from Cambodia’s vast rubber tree plantations, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said the country’s forest cover had been increasing, before blasting an NGO critical of the country’s illegal logging trade.

Top Academic Says Heng Samrin’s Hometown Is in Vietnam

The home of National Assembly President and CPP stalwart Heng Samrin is technically located inside Vietnam, though the area is settled by Cambodians, the government’s top academic tasked with researching border issues revealed on Friday.

KNUP Names Bun Chhay Confidant New Acting Party President

Embattled political leader Nhek Bun Chhay has chosen a new acting head for his Khmer National United Party, picking close confidant Soeung Kiry on Saturday following an internal meeting.

With Apology to Hun Sen, Bun Chhay Urges KNUP Forward

Jailed KNUP president Nhek Bun Chhay, who was charged last week in connection with a 10-year-old drug case, is urging his colleagues to keep the party going after issuing a vague apology to Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling CPP.

Hun Sen Creates New Military Brigade After Border Dispute

Prime Minister Hun Sen established a new military brigade in Stung Treng province on Wednesday, less than a week after announcing and then resolving a border crisis with traditional ally and northern neighbor Laos.

Party HQ Searched Amid Terror Allegations

The saga involving the arrest of a politically-irrelevant opposition party’s leader took another twist on Tuesday when the party’s Phnom Penh offices were searched by anti-terrorism police, with a party official claiming it was due to links with a government-branded terrorist.

Snap Trial of Hun Sen Critic Started, Delayed

The leader of a little-known opposition party was briefly brought to trial on Monday for insulting the military, an uncharacteristically rapid progression through the justice system following a warning from Prime Minister Hun Sen against anyone disparaging the armed forces.

Laos Border Dispute Leads to Critic’s Arrest

A frequent government critic was arrested on Sunday in the wake of a brief border dispute with Laos that saw armored vehicles paraded around Phnom Penh’s Independence Monument and Prime Minister Hun Sen fly into Vientiane to negotiate a resolution.

Laotian Troops Pull Out of Disputed Border Area

Dozens of Laotian soldiers pulled out of a disputed tract of border land in Stung Treng province on Saturday, following a deal struck between Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Laotian counterpart, a provincial military commander confirmed.

Long-Planned Drug Center Starts Construction

The government started construction on what will become Cambodia’s largest drug rehabilitation center on Thursday in Preah Sihanouk province, after more than six years of discussion and proposals.

Indigenous Groups Call for Respect, Land Titles on UN Day

Indigenous groups across the country urged the government to do more to respect their rights and protect their land on Wednesday as they gathered to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

KNUP Future in Doubt as Bun Chhay Jailed, Deputy Defects

A personal adviser to embattled KNUP president Nhek Bun Chhay, who has been charged in connection with a 10-year-old drug case, said on Monday that the future of the party was in doubt after the charges and the defection of its vice president to the ruling party.

Nhek Bun Chhay Charged for Drug Offenses

Embattled KNUP president Nhek Bun Chhay was on Sunday charged in connection with a 10-year-old drug case, just as the ruling CPP was going after him and his party, because a prisoner came forward with fresh accusations, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said in a statement.

Suspect: Trafficked Weapons From Japan Disarming Program

A man accused of international arms trafficking told authorities that he had taken the weapons nearly a decade ago from areas in Cambodia where a Japanese-funded program had worked to collect tens of thousands of illegal small arms, officials said.

Hun Sen Demands Closure Of NGO Over CNN ‘Insult’

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday ordered the speedy investigation, closure and expulsion of an anti-sex trafficking NGO over a recent CNN story featuring its work, accusing the group of inflicting Cambodia with “a serious insult” for saying that some mothers sell their daughters into the trade.

In Latest Tirade, Hun Sen Casts Death Threats Over Rumors

Prime Minister Hun Sen delivered a deadly warning to those he accused on Tuesday of spreading false rumors about his health, vowing that the lives of those wishing death upon him would be in danger.