All of the 13 safety packages from Kratie province ordered to open by the Constitutional Council for verification were found not properly recorded and unsealed. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party blasted the NEC for the irregularity and called it a serious fraud. However, NEC said it was merely a technical flaw. Constitutional Council member Prum Nhean Vichetr told reporters after checking the packages that the process was simply to ensure transparency in addressing the opposition's complaints and decision will come later. VOA's Khmer Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh.
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.