Prime Minister Hun Sen and main opposition leader Sam Rainsy have met briefly for the first time in years but reached no resolution on the political standoff for the country's disputed election. Saturday's meeting between top leaders of ruling party, the CPP led by Hun Sen and top leaders of opposition party, the CNRP led by Sam Rainsy was mediated by King Norodom Sihamoni and held at the Royal Palace in the capital, Phnom Penh.VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey reports from Phnom Penh.
Cambodian police found a home-made bomb near national assembly building and three grenades near a freedom park in the capital, Phnom Penh, where opposition supporters planned to stage another mass rally on Sunday in protest at alleged electoral fraud. A controlled explosion of the bomb on Friday added to the tension over the contested results of the July 28 general election. VOA Khmer's Khuon Theara and Say Mony report from Phnom Penh.
The Asean Human Rights Declaration passed in Phnom Penh last year despite strong criticism from rights groups and the US, who called it sub-standard and a potential threat to the region’s rights gains. Katherine Southwick, an international law consultant, told VOA Khmer’s Soeung Sophat that she believes the declaration is an ‘evolving’ document that can be improved, in this segment of “SoutheastAsia Corner.”
Top leaders from the ruling and opposition parties were on hand at Phnom Penh international airport Wednesday to welcome home King Norodom Sihamoni from a medical trip to Beijing. But neither side made use of the occasion for sideline talks over the country’s ongoing political crisis. In fact, neither side said much or anything to the other. Nor did they look at one another. Prime Minister Hun Sen and his political rival, Sam Rainsy, who is head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, stood within 10 meters of each other as the king deplaned and greeted dignitaries who stood in line to welcome him home. But they chose not to speak to each other. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey and Say Mony report from Phnom Penh.
Cambodian protesters broke through police line on Tuesday during their second protest for less than a week. They demand the release of their colleague, Yoam Bopha, who had been behind bar for more than a year. Say Mony, Phnom Penh.
Cambodia’s National Election Committee on Sunday released official election results, handing a win to the ruling party and sparking another round of rejections from the opposition. The NEC maintained its preliminary results, announcing 68 of 123 National Assembly seats for the Cambodian People’s Party and 55 seats for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The Rescue Party immediately rejected the results and said it would continue with demonstrations against an election system it sees as deeply flawed. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
Tens of thousands of the opposition party protesters pack Park of Democracy in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh on Saturday September 7. They are demanding a probe into a July election that returned long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen to power through systematic frauds. Led by opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha, they accuse the ruling Cambodian People's Party of tampering with ballot boxes and leaving voters off the electoral roll. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports.
Tens of thousands of supporters of Cambodia's opposition party rallied on Saturday (September 7) to demand an independent probe into July elections they say were rigged with frauds to prolong the rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen now facing his biggest political challenge in two decades. The rally at Park of Democracy in Phnom Penh ended with no violence. VOA Khmer’s Heng Reaksmey reports.