Dangerous Time for Cambodia –Polls on June 4

The next year will be a crucial time in Cambodian politics, with two elections coming up this Sunday and in July 2018. Sunday’s seem the less important, but will be closely watched by the ruling Cambodian Peopl...

Cambodia Goes After Opposition Well in Advance of Elections

After taking a relative drubbing during 2013 elections, when the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won only 68 of the 123-member parliament’s seats, the government headed by Hun Sen, is now trying to silence the opposition. Fearing a worse election result,...

Analyst’s Murder Highlights Cambodian Misrule

Minutes after prominent Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley was gunned down in broad daylight, police arrested a “suspect” who had “confessed” to the assassination. Within hours, a video of t...

Cambodian Parliamentary Immunity in Danger

Parliamentary immunity is enshrined in Article 80 of the 1993 Cambodian Constitution, which states that members of the National Assembly can only be prosecuted, arrested or detained with the approval of two-thi...
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Cambodia’s Quest for Effective Leadership

Two solid years after Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed in an hours-long speech at the inaugural first Cabinet Meeting to lead a “Reform Mandate” (2013-2018), the momentum has subsided and the balloon has deflated. The New Normal has ceded place to the Old Normal. ...
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Reform in Cambodia May Signal Change

Cambodia had a year of political reform in 2014, and observers are skeptical about how much change it will bring. But it might be premature to dismiss Prime Minister Hun Sen’s reform efforts as cosmetic. The...
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Cambodia Realigns Its Foreign Relations

Cambodia’s foreign relations map has undergone dramatic shifts in the past six months. In the aftermath of Cambodia’s elections in July 2013, Beijing promptly recognized the results and congratulated Prime Mini...
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Cambodians Refuse to Accept Rigged Elections

Cambodia’s parliamentary elections were supposed to be another boring and tainted exercise to ensure that the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, already in office for 28 years, remained in power for another five years. Instead, the flagrant vote rigging faile...