Thursday, 02 October 2014

Cambodia

Opposition Leader Struck From Eligible Voter List

Election monitors say Sam Rainsy should be allowed to return to the country to lead an opposition if Cambodia’s election is to be considered free and fair.

Sam Rainsy is currently the head of the new opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party.Sam Rainsy is currently the head of the new opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
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Sam Rainsy is currently the head of the new opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
Sam Rainsy is currently the head of the new opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has been removed from the voter registration list, officials said Monday, making him ineligible to vote in the 2013 parliamentary elections.

The move was another step away from a political solution for the return of Sam Rainsy, who is in exile and facing 12 years in prison on charges he says are politically motivated. Sam Rainsy is currently the head of the new opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Tep Nitha, secretary-general of the National Election Committee, the government’s election body, said his office will review Sam Rainsy’s case in a meeting on Tuesday. The move comes amid increased criticism of Cambodia’s election policies and procedures from European officials and UN rights officials.

Election monitors say Sam Rainsy should be allowed to return to the country to lead an opposition if Cambodia’s election is to be considered free and fair.

The NEC decision to strike Sam Rainsy from the voter list will be viewed as “oppression of a potential competitor,” said Thun Saray, president of the rights group Adhoc and a board member of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections. “In order to be fair and acceptable for all parties, competition must be open,” he said.

Son Chhay, a lawmaker for the opposition Sam Rainsy Party, said Sam Rainsy was not only illegible for voting, but he was not legible to be prime minister, should the opposition win the election.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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