Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday told reporters that this week’s National Assembly session, held by the ruling party without the participation of the opposition, was a “constitutional coup” that did not reflect the will of the people. “We will not cooperate in any manner with the present National Assembly and with the present government unless there are guarantees that there will be an investigation committee to investigate the election irregularities and to find justice for the voters, whose wills have been distorted, and provided also that there is a program of reforms that both parties can agree upon,” he said. Sam Rainsy’s remarks come a day after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party voted in a block measure to install its own members into the Cambodian cabinet, despite the absence of the opposition. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
Hundreds of land victims in Phnom Penh returned to retrieve their belongings from authority of Doun Penh district in Phnom Penh after their hunger strike were cracked downed on Sunday night by groups of violent youth believed to have acted on behalf of authorities. Eleven people are injured after Cambodian police disperse opposition party supporters conducting a hunger strike over the disputed July 28 election result. VOA Khmer’s Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Tuesday voted in a package measure to select the ranking members of the National Assembly, while reaffirming Hun Sen as prime minister. The vote, 68 to 0, took place under a National Assembly session that was boycotted by the opposition’s 55 lawmakers elect. Hun Sen told reporters after the session he was considering legal action against the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party for its claims that the Assembly session was an abuse of the law unilaterally undertaken by the CPP without the consent of the opposition. He also said the door remains open for the opposition to join in the parliament. The vote comes following an election in July that the opposition says was tainted by irregularities and fraud. The CPP also appointed eight different ministers, including a replacement for Keat Chhon, the longstanding Minister of Finance, and Cham Prasidh, the former Minister of Commerce. (Heng Reaksmey and Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)
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.