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Tuesday's News Briefs from Cambodia

Comments made by Prime Minister Hun Sen over the weekend exalting achievements of his ruling party constitute a violation of election laws, watchdog organizations said Tuesday. Campaigning legally can only occur between March 16 and March 30. Hun Sen's comments at a provincial forum Sunday, where he spoke of school and canal construction, gave the CPP an unfair advantage, the groups said.***

Officials of the opposition Norodom Ranariddh Party expressed regret over the death of a 15-year-old girl Sunday. She died in an explosion at her home, and party officials say the bomb that went off was meant to kill her father because he is a candidate in the upcoming elections.***

Officials of the Alliance for Freedom of Expression in Cambodia denounced land grabs in Bovel, Battambang province, Tuesday. Land grabs have become a hot-button topic recently, and the prime minister has vowed to put a stop to it. Alliance members also condemned the shooting murder of a labor activist, saying it was meant to cow other union leaders.***