Cambodia Says it Regrets ‘Irresponsible’ Trump Decision to Leave Paris Climate Accord

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File: The coal-fired Plant Scherer, one of the nation’s top carbon dioxide emitters, in Juliette, Ga., June, 3, 2017.

A Cambodian official has said US President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Agreement is “unethical” and “irresponsible”.

Trump’s announcement that the United States would withdraw from the global accord drew ridicule from foreign leaders around the world and made the US one of only three countries not signed up to the accord, the others being Nicaragua and Syria. Continue reading “Cambodia Says it Regrets ‘Irresponsible’ Trump Decision to Leave Paris Climate Accord”

Two Women Go Head-to-Head in Election Dominated By Men

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CPP and CRNP party banners in Kdol Senchey commune of Teuk Phos district, Kampong Cham, Cambodia. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

As Cambodians go to the polls on Sunday to elect new local council representatives, in a contest dominated by men, two women are facing off for control of this Kampong Speu province commune.

Keo Sophat, 54, the current commune chief and ruling Cambodian People’s Party candidate, is squaring off against Kem Tola, 30, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party candidate and a council member since 2012. Continue reading “Two Women Go Head-to-Head in Election Dominated By Men”

CPP Official Quits District Post to Secure Commune Seat for Ruling Party

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CPP and CRNP party banners in Kdol Senchey commune of Teuk Phos district, Kampong Cham, Cambodia. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

In a country known for its political patronage networks, volunteering for a demotion is rare. But Moeung Visalsok, 46, a ruling Cambodian People’s Party district council member in Kampong Chhnang province, is doing just that.

He says he will shortly leave his post to contest the Kdol Snechey commune constituency in a bid to stop the swing seat going to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which is fielding a popular, yet inexperienced local candidate. Continue reading “CPP Official Quits District Post to Secure Commune Seat for Ruling Party”

Cambodia Says Laos Lacks Documents on Transboundary Impacts of Proposed Pak Beng Dam

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Lao’s Xayaburi electricity dam construction is expected to be completed in late 2019. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Cambodia will request further information on the transboundary impacts of Laos’ proposed Pak Beng hydropower project following an upcoming regional stakeholder meeting on Friday, an official has said.

So Sophort, deputy secretary-general of the Cambodia National Mekong Committee, said Cambodia would attend the meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) in Vientiane, which is part of a six month prior consultation process for the 921-megawatt dam. Continue reading “Cambodia Says Laos Lacks Documents on Transboundary Impacts of Proposed Pak Beng Dam”

Dispute Over Support for Iconic Khmer Rouge Site Prompts Funding Rethink

 The head of the Documentation Center of Cambodia has called on the Khmer Rouge tribunal to include one of the regime’s most iconic sites in its list of reparations.

Youk Chhang, director of DC-Cam, said in a letter to Marie Guiraud, a lawyer at the tribunal, that the Anlong Veng Peace Center Project should be supported with reparations money.

Continue reading “Dispute Over Support for Iconic Khmer Rouge Site Prompts Funding Rethink”