Cambodia’s king and 68 ruling party members went forward with an opening parliamentary session on Monday, but the National Assembly meeting was boycotted by 55 opposition lawmakers elect. The session follows July elections that the opposition says were tainted with irregularities and fraud that should be credibly investigated. Foreign dignitaries also attended the meeting, at the invitation of the king, but US Ambassador William Todd told VOA Khmer this did not mean the US fully endorsed the election. “America still believes that the election results still have errors and irregularities that need to be looked into,” Todd told reporters at the meeting. “We also believe that to have a National Assembly that functions, you need two parties.” (Heng Reaksmey and Say Mony, Phnom Penh)
Family of Mao Sokchan who was shot dead, allegedly by police, hold 7th Day ceremony of his death while awaiting for justice. Chiev Sokvy, Mao Sokchan's wife, filed an official complaint against the authorities this week. Ten people were injured when police clashed with motorists who were angered by barricades at the bridge and attempted to tear them down. Prime Minister Hun Sen's advisor Prak Sokhonn, said investigation is underway. Say Mony, Phnom Penh.
More than 150 monks gathered together on Thursday to submit a petition to the Royal Palace, asking King Norodom Sihamoni to postpone a National Assembly session on Sept. 23 that the opposition has threatened to boycott. The session is meant to ratify the July 28 election, which opposition leaders say they lost due to irregularities and fraud, and mark the formation of a new government. It will be presided over by the king, who has declined a request by the opposition to postpone, setting up a potential boycott that could prolong Cambodia’s post-election political crisis. The monks were stopped by security forces, who had blocked the roads surrounding the palace. The monks then sat in front of the barricades, meditating for hours, into evening. VOA Khmer's Khuon Theara reports from Phnom Penh.
Cambodian Americans in Washington DC are protesting outside US Capitol Hill to support resolutions sponsored by Sen. Lindsay Graham and Rep. Steve Chabot that censure the Cambodian government for its failing human rights record and call for a decrease in US aid to the country. (VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara reports from Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met leaders of the country's main opposition party again on Tuesday, the second day of crucial talks aimed at finding a way out of the country's post-election stalemate. Three day demonstration ended Tuesday after clashes between police and protesters over left one man dead and at least 10 people wounded. The political rivals met on Monday and found rare common ground. However the meeting failed to resolve the opposition's key demand for an independent probe of election irregularities. The opposition demonstrators set deadline for their demand or bigger demonstrations would follow. VOA Khmer’s Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh.
Cambodia's main opposition party leader Sam Rainy said a deal to end the deadlock over July's disputed parliamentarian election could end soon and a rally by its supporters went ahead on Tuesday without the violence and one man was shot dead on Sunday. Prime Minister Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for a second day of talks in a row and officials said they had agreed to look at reforms to institutions, but the long-serving premier still rejected the opposition proposal for an independent inquiry into the July election. VOA Khmer’s Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
Opposition Gives Hard Deadline for Political Negotiations The Cambodia opposition says it is holding firm to a threat to boycott the Sept. 23 opening session of parliament, potentially stalling the formation of a new government, if a political solution is not found by Sept. 22, as leaders from both sides met for a second day Tuesday. The Cambodia National Rescue Party has said election irregularities cost it a win at the polls July 28, and while ruling party officials say they are willing to find ways to improve the electoral system, they also say such reforms will take time. Some 10,000 opposition supporters held a third day of mass demonstrations on Tuesday, gathering at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh to continue pressing for political reforms. (VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey reporters from Phnom Penh)
The man believed to be killed by a police bullet was cremated Monday. Mao Sokchan, 30, survived by four young children and his wife who said he was not a protester and was sitting on his motorbike at a road block which prevented his access to his house when he returned from work. Thousands of protesters have re-gathered in Cambodia's capital to challenge a disputed election result won by ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Khuon Theara, Phnom Penh.