China's foreign minister on Wednesday urged Cambodia to solve its ongoing political deadlock and to quickly form a new government, while firmly supporting Cambodia's current ruling government. Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who was on a bilateral visit to the country, made his remarks following meetings with his counterpart, Hor Namhong, and Prime Minister Hun Sen, amid a political crisis following last month's national elections.Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
Cambodia's opposition party leader Sam Rainsy was greeted by about several thousands supporters on Friday on his return from US. Sam Rainsy, who previously came back from exile has already said he should be prime minister. Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh.
Opposition leaders met with supporters on Thursday, saying the party was interested in resolving issues over last month's election and that a mass demonstration is not a top priority. "It's just the last step," Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, told supporters in Phnom Penh. The Rescue Party is contesting the primary election results, which handed a win to the ruling Cambodian People's Party, and opposition leaders say their lawmakers could boycott the formation of a new government if an investigation into widespread allegations of irregularities does not take place. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)
Youth groups from eight provinces and municipality were committing themselves to fight against corruption after participating in a five-day camping organized by Transparency International Cambodia. VOA's Say Mony reports from Kampong Cham, Cambodia.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party says it will not negotiate with the ruling party over elections earlier this month until a UN investigation into allegations of irregularities is conducted. Sam Rainsy, president of the party, told supporters gathered in Phnom Penh on Tuesday that he will not accept the National Election Committee's proposed mechanisms without help from the UN. If the government's election body cannot find a way to reflect the will of the voters, he will lead demonstrations, he said. CPP officials have said they won the election, with 68 of 123 National Assembly seats. But opposition supporters, as well as a wide array of election monitors, say the elections were marred by irregularities and voter fraud. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
Cambodia's leader said on Friday he would press ahead with forming a new government even if the main opposition party tried to block the process it. Hun Sen, long-serving prime minister the Southeast Asia country, told a crown of farmers and his government officials in a tour to Kandal province. The comment made after both sides -- his ruling party the CPP and the opposition party CNRP of Sam Rainsy - claimed victory in last Sunday's general election. Pin Sisovann, Washington.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday appeared in public for the first time since Sunday's election, saying the ruling Cambodian People's Party was ready to begin negotiations with the opposition party over the formation of the National Assembly. "We're prepared and open to political discussions between parties that have won seats on the leadership of the National Assembly," he said. CPP officials have said they won the election, 68 to 55, but opposition leaders say they don't accept those numbers and that a high number of irregularities marred the election process. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
A non-governmental organization observing the Sunday's election said that many irregularities may have affected the election results. At a polling station in Phnom Penh's Russey Keo district, a group of voters were complaining about duplicate names on voter lists and 'indelible ink' that could be washed off. Mak Kear is one of them. He said his wife's name appeared twice on a voter list and he could easily remove the ink from his index finger just some minutes after casting his ballot on Sunday. Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.