The Supreme Council of Consultations (SCC), as the forum will be known, will provide a check on the power of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, according to Hun Sen.
Event organizers expect up to 1,000 people to attend the festival.
A verdict in James Ricketson's trial has been delayed, but two journalists accused of espionage were released on bail, and four jailed land rights activists were pardoned.
Sam Rainsy was charged in June with lèse-majesté after he suggested that a letter from King Norodom Sihamoni calling on Cambodians to vote was actually “fake.”
Kem Sokha was not present at the hearing, which lasted for nearly one hour.
Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party was dissolved by court last year for alleged complicity in treason plot.
Famous land activist Tep Vanny freed in Cambodia as post-election pardons are granted while two former RFA journalists get a sniff of freedom.
Sorpong Peou recently talked to VOA Khmer about political trust, how power is accumulated, and his new article “Cambodia’s Hegemonic-Party System.”
On July 23, a saddle dam in the large-scale Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydropower project in southern Laos burst its walls and flooded a vast swath of land in Attapeu province.
Recently, authorities have arrested 10 people and confiscated more than 80 tons of fake products in Phnom Penh, including fake beer and bottled water.
The two-day exam will conclude on Tuesday evening, and the results will be released in September.