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Japan Team To Help With Electoral Reform

Cambodian workers look through a partition of a construction site below a banner which reads "Where is my vote" as supporters of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party gather in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Japan has offered a small team of experts to help Cambodia with electoral reform.

The team will be in Cambodia this week, meeting with the National Election Committee and other election officials, as the ruling party and opposition continue negotiations over reform in an effort to end a political deadlock now in its 10th month.

The delegation, lead by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, will also meet with the negotiating teams of the Cambodian People’s Party and the Cambodia National Rescue Party, as well as donors, rights and democracy groups, and others.

The team will seek to “study the current situation and to identify the needs for reforms so that necessary information will be obtained for the identification and formulation of possible Japanese assistance to Cambodian electoral reforms,” the Japanese Embassy said in a statement Monday.