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”

អតីត​ខ្មែរក្រហម​នៅ​អន្លង់វែង​ខ្លាច​មាន​សង្រ្គាម​ក្រោយ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត ខណៈ​ត្អូញត្អែរ​ពី​កង្វះ​ខាត​ទឹក​ភ្លើង

ដោយ ស៊ុន ណារិន/ VOA Khmer

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អតីតខ្មែរក្រហម លោកស្រី ផាត់ រុន អាយុ៦៥ឆ្នាំ រស់នៅ​ក្នុងភូមិកណ្តាលក្រោម ឃុំអន្លង់វែង ស្រុកអន្លងវែង ខេត្តឧត្តរមានជ័យ ចងស្លឹកព្រាល យកទៅ​ធ្វើជន្លុះ។ (ស៊ុន ណារិន/VOA)

អន្លង់វែង​គឺ​ជា​តំបន់​មួយ​ដែល​សំបូរ​ទៅ​ដោយ​អតីត​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​កំពុង​រស់​នៅ។ ក្នុង​ភូមិ​កណ្តាល​ក្រោម​ដែល​ស្ថិត​នៅ​ក្នុង​ឃុំ​អន្លង់វែង អតីត​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​បាន​ត្អូញត្អែរ​ពី​ការ​ខ្វះខាត​ទឹក​និង​ភ្លើង​ប្រើប្រាស់​ប្រចាំ​ថ្ងៃ។ ពួកគេ​បាន​ស្នើ​ឲ្យ​មេឃុំ​ថ្មី​ដែល​នឹង​ឈ្នះ​ការ​បោះឆ្នោត​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​ឃុំ​សង្កាត់​នៅ​ថ្ងៃទី​៤ ខែ​មិថុនា ខាង​មុខ​នេះ ដោះស្រាយ​បញ្ហា​ទាំង​នេះ​ជា​បន្ទាន់។ Continue reading “អតីត​ខ្មែរក្រហម​នៅ​អន្លង់វែង​ខ្លាច​មាន​សង្រ្គាម​ក្រោយ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត ខណៈ​ត្អូញត្អែរ​ពី​កង្វះ​ខាត​ទឹក​ភ្លើង”

In Former Khmer Rouge Stronghold, a Lack of Basic Utilities Raises Doubts Over Support for CPP

Party logo of Cambodia People’s Party located in front of deputy Kandal Krom village chief in the Khmer Rouge area of Anlong Veng district (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Kandal Krom is a small village in the former Khmer Rouge stronghold of Anlong Veng near Cambodia’s border with Thailand.

Villagers here complain of a lack of clean water and electricity, despite the village’s location close to Anlong Veng town. Continue reading “In Former Khmer Rouge Stronghold, a Lack of Basic Utilities Raises Doubts Over Support for CPP”

Youngest Opposition Commune Candidate to Contest Seat With Senior CPP Incumbent

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By Sun Narin, from VOA Khmer

Chen Sokngeng, 26, is the youngest candidate standing in the forthcoming local elections in June.

He will contest the Sala Kam Reuk commune seat on an opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party ticket, going head-to-head with the incumbent ruling Cambodian People’s Party candidate. Continue reading “Youngest Opposition Commune Candidate to Contest Seat With Senior CPP Incumbent”