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Nearly 20 RCAF Officers Rise Up the Ranks

Nearly 20 Royal Cambodian Armed Forces officers have been promoted to brigadier general, a move a military expert said would help ensure the army’s loyalty to the government.

Slow Election Count Raises Eyebrows

The National Election Committee (NEC) continued on Tuesday to say slow internet and blurry photographs were to blame for delays in publishing election results for 344 remaining communes, with its spokesman offering no timeline for when the public could expect complete results. Some parties and observers questioned why the process was taking so long.

Ruling Party, Opposition Both Claim Commune Election Win

A lack of official results did not stop both major political parties from claiming victory in Cambodia’s highest-stakes and highest-turnout local elections to date on Sunday, with the CPP citing its dominance in winning commune chief seats and the CNRP boasting of huge opposition gains in a ballot monitors said was largely free of the irregularities that marred past votes.

Cambodia Daily Reporters Could Be Summoned After Elections

Two Cambodia Daily journalists accused of incitement and violating voters’ rights for asking questions in advance of Sunday’s commune elections in Ratanakkiri province will likely be summoned for questioning after Election Day, a provincial court prosecutor said.

Complaint Against Two Cambodia Daily Reporters Rejected

A complaint against two Cambodia Daily journalists accused of incitement and violating voter rights by asking questions about Sunday’s commune elections has been rejected by a prosecutor at the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court due to a lack of evidence.

Court Complaint Filed Against Cambodia Daily Reporters

Two Cambodia Daily reporters stand accused of incitement and threatening voters in a complaint filed to the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court on Thursday, a court official said on Sunday, even after a prior complaint against the journalists was resolved by the commune election committee.

CNRP Commune Candidate Convicted, Fined in Defamation Case

An opposition commune candidate in Pursat province has been fined more than $6,000 for his conviction in a defamation case that CNRP officials say was politically motivated.

CPP Lodges 15 Complaints in First Stretch of Campaign

The ruling party filed 15 complaints to commune election committees against the opposition for minor campaign infractions, compared to five from the CNRP, during the first four days of the election campaign, the National Election Committee (NEC) said on Wednesday, with half already settled through compromise.

Reporters Targeted Over Election Questions

A commune chief has filed an official complaint against two Cambodia Daily reporters who interviewed villagers in Ratanakkiri province as part of the newspaper’s commune election coverage, accusing them of arriving “with bad intentions.”

RCAF Chief Tells Troops to Fight Against ‘Color Revolution’

The commander-in-chief of the armed forces on Monday ordered all soldiers to defend “public order” on June 4 when voters will elect new commune councilors and to fight against potential “color revolutions.”

Election Rules for Media Called a Threat and a ‘Reminder’

Officials yesterday said government-issued media guidelines for election coverage which prohibit the publication of news that affects the country’s “social stability” were just a “reminder” of existing laws, but some NGOs said the issuing of the code of conduct was an act meant to “stifle dissent.”

Bodies of Four UN Peacekeepers Killed in CAR Arrive Home

The bodies of four U.N. peacekeepers killed during an ambush in Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this month were repatriated last night, with Prime Minister Hun Sen and senior government officials presiding over a memorial at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Pain, Politics on Display at Annual Khmer Rouge Memorial

Cries of pain filled the air at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center on Thursday as performers re-enacted events from the Khmer Rouge era during an annual ceremony that blends historical remembrance with pro-government politics.

Opposition Leader Returns to Country After 17-Day US Trip

CNRP President Kem Sokha arrived home on Tuesday from the U.S., where he met with officials in the administration of President Donald Trump and raised funds for the party during a 17-day trip to more than a dozen states.

Foot-and-Mouth Disease Hits Cows in Svay Rieng

Authorities in Svay Rieng province on Wednesday said the latest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease had been brought under control by timely treatment, though their numbers on how many cows the contagious virus had infected varied wildly.

Eight Top Police Generals Slated for Retirement

Interior Minister Sar Kheng wrote a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday requesting he approve the retirement of eight high-ranking police generals.

Ministry Admits Spike in Illegal Logging, Orders Vigilance

In what appears to be the government’s first official admission that a crackdown on the illicit timber trade is failing, the Agriculture Ministry on Tuesday ordered its provincial offices to address what it called a recent spike in illegal logging and trafficking.

Ministry Defends Sand Exports; Mother Nature Stands By Claims

The Mines and Energy Ministry on Friday defended sand exports reported last week by an environmental NGO, saying Cambodia’s sand ban did not include the type seen in a video being loaded onto vessels off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Ministry Defends Sand Exports, NGO Rebuts Claims

The Ministry of Mines and Energy on Friday defended sand exports reported this week by an environmental NGO, saying Cambodia’s ban did not include the type of sand seen in a video being loaded onto vessels off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Satellite Spies Fresh Clearing Of Wildlife Sanctuary Forest

A new satellite image of central Cambodia shows continued clear-cutting of thousands of hectares of healthy forest inside one of the country’s protected areas, five years after the government announced a major crackdown on such logging by rubber plantations.

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