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For Cambodia’s prime minister of more than three decades, a blossoming alliance with China means no Western powers questioning his increasingly authoritarian rule. For China, Cambodia offers a regional voice of support for its controversial expansion in the South China Sea.

A Mahathir-like figure, a car crash, and Cambodia’s ‘election’

Prince Norodom Ranariddh was a former leader returning to politics, but his severe injury in a head-on collision means Prime Minister Hun Sen is unable to give voters even the veneer of an honest election

Cambodia opposition says it has been ‘cut off’ in lead up to election

In June last year, Khoeun Virath was elected as a commune councillor in the capital of Cambodia, but months later his political party was banned and most of its leadership fled into exile - so now he works as a tuk-tuk driver to make ends meet.

The Real Slim Shady in Cambodia

When we created our Slash engineering office in Phnom Penh in 2017, it came to a surprise for some. People don’t understand Cambodian tech.

Hardworking shoe maker has little time for politics

Whoever wins Cambodia’s general election next week, 27-year-old Khen Srey Touch knows only that she will have to keep working hard for years to come.

Defiant Cambodian voters plan to give PM and his cronies the ‘clean finger’

Kung Raiya has already spent 18 months in a notorious Cambodian prison for demanding an end to the government of Hun Sen, the country’s autocratic leader and world’s longest-serving prime minister.

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.

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”.

Ministry Urges Local Authorities to Speed Up Voters’ Identity Documentation

Cambodia’s interior ministry has called on local authorities in the country to make a bigger effort to disseminate identity documents ahead of next week’s general election.

Cambodian tycoons set for victory in controversial poll, claims rights group

Cambodia’s tycoons are set to be big winners in a controversial election at the end of July, a new report by a leading human rights group has claimed, while calling for sanctions against the country’s business elite for allegedly eroding democracy.

UN Expert Decries Voter Intimidation in Lead-up to Cambodia Election

The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur to Cambodia Rhona Smith on Friday expressed concern over reports of voter intimidation in the lead up to a general election this month that has been widely derided as unfree and unfair amid an ongoing political crackdown in the country.

Lessons in Resistance: Defying repression and impunity in Cambodia

Cambodia will hold its sixth general election on 29 July – despite the dissolution of the main opposition party and amid concerns of a...

Malaysian MP calls on his government to take stand on Cambodian elections

A Malaysian parliamentarian raised concerns in his country on Wednesday about Cambodia’s July 29 national elections and urged his government to clarify its position on the subject, the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said on Thursday.

Year Zero nostalgia in Cambodia – An Irishwoman’s Diary on the long shadow of...

If, on your travels, you ever ruled out the possibility of asking someone, in earnest, the Pythonesque question: “What did the Khmer Rouge ever do for you?” you might consider the frontier town of Anlong Veng in northern Cambodia. Locals there will answer in echoing tones of Monty Python, and equally in earnest: water, irrigation, roads, bridges, a school, a hospital.

VOA Khmer Interview: Global Witness Urges US Sanctions on Four Cambodian Tycoons

Global Witness is launching a campaign that exposes Prime Minister Hun Sen associates who have played a key role in controlling Cambodian politics and its economy in their favor.

The Japan-China rivalry is playing out in Cambodia’s election

Japan's support of Cambodia's general election is viewed as a strategic maneuver to counter Chinese influence in the developing state.

Behind Cambodia’s electoral silence

Everyone in Phnom Penh remembers the last general elections. The excitement, the mass rallies, the protests, the promises of change and the frenetic activity on social media, which gained unexpected, unprecedented momentum, as often happens in this part of the world. Perhaps that is why the silence now, in the run-up to 29 July elections, feels all the more acute.

Cambodian PM calls for vigilance as floods hit parts of Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Thursday called on authorities to pay high attention to evacuate people as floods have hit six provinces in the country.

Chinese Ambassador: EU Should Not Mix Politics,Trade in Cambodia

China’s Ambassador in Phnom Penh says the European Union should not mix politics with trade as it mulls withdrawing Cambodia’s vital preferential single market access in response to the country’s autocratic backslide.

More Than 160,000 Election Observers to Oversee Poll: NEC

The National Election Committee (NEC) increased the estimate from a previous figure of about 50,000, saying the observers were fairly evenly split between civil society groups and political party observers.

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