Thursday News Roundup

From Radio Free Asia

Cambodia’s King Sihamoni OKs Divisive Laws to Reallocate Opposition Parliamentary Seats

“Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni has approved a set of controversial amendments to the country’s electoral law, paving the way for the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the reallocation of its parliamentary seats to government-aligned parties.”

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From Reuters

Cambodian opposition member pardoned at PM’s request

By Prak Chan Thul

“A senator from Cambodia’s main opposition party was pardoned on Wednesday from the seven-year jail sentence he had been given over a Facebook posting, in a conciliatory sign from Prime Minister Hun Sen towards his opponents.”

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From Nikkei Asian Review

Hun Sen woos garment workers ahead of Cambodian election

By Holly Robertson

“Cambodia’s authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen has become a fixture recently at the garment factories that cluster on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Smiling for selfies, ironing clothing and promising a raft of worker benefits, the strongman leader is wooing the 700,000 mostly female workers who drive the country’s most lucrative export sector.”

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From Earth Island Journal

The Sambor Dam Is a Tragic Mistake for Cambodia

By Sabrina Gyorvary

“Planned mega-dam threatens fish populations and food security in the lower Mekong Basin”

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From Chiangrai Times

Cambodia’s Former Deputy PM Flees to Thailand

“Former Deputy Prime Minister and ex-Funcinpec official Lu Lay Sreng left the country for Thailand yesterday morning, the day after the royalist party and Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed to file lawsuits against him for disparaging the King and accusing the government of bribing Funcinpec.”

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From Reuters

From Bhutan to Cambodia, early warning saves lives in floods

By Rina Chandran

“Floods in Cambodia in 2011 and 2013 killed more than 400 people, displaced tens of thousands, and destroyed crops, livestock and homes. This year, despite heavy rains, there have been fewer casualties and less damage, due in part to automated water gauges that can alert about 70,000 families to impending danger.”

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From Xinhua

Cambodia’s central bank encouraging use of Chinese yuan

“The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), the country’s central bank, has been encouraging businesses and individuals to use renminbi (RMB), or the Chinese yuan, in order to further increase trade and investment volumes between the two countries, officials said on Tuesday.

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From Stanford Law Magazine

Helping to Publish Cambodia’s First Annotated Constitution

“Stanford Law School’s Cambodia Law and Policy Initiative is reporting a big success with publication of the country’s first Annotated Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia.”

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From mynewsla.com

Cambodians ‘suddenly’ targeted by immigration agents in Long Beach

By Toni Mcallister

“Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn said Tuesday that her office has received multiple reports of Cambodian immigrants being targeted by federal immigration agents, prompting her to reach out to the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security.”

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