The government hoped the ceremony would project an image of tranquility, quite opposed to the image of political repression its critics have described in recent months.
Although about 65% of all businesses in Cambodia are owned by women, they lack access to finance, training, mentorship and information that could allow more women to grow their businesses.
Cambodia exported about $4.5 billion worth of products to the E.U and about $2.8 billion to the United States in 2016, according to official trade figures.
Rong Chhun, a former unionist and NEC member, said the nominations were in violation of the law.
A Funcinpec spokesperson said it is wrong for Cambodian people to see the move as anti-democratic.
Ambassador William Heidt said he felt a deep regret at the government’s decision to move to dissolve the CNRP, which has led the White House to reconsider its foreign relations with Cambodia.
At least 50 former commune councilors have so far gone into hiding for security reasons, according to a former opposition commune chief.
In an interview with VOA Khmer in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, Heidt said the embassy’s mission to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Cambodia remained of paramount importance.
As plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar moves forward, rights groups and NGOs are raising alarms about security for those returning to the country which they had recently fled to escape violence.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is calling for an independent investigation into what he termed "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces against Rohingya Muslims. VOA Khmer's Sreng Leakhena narrates.
Following the dissolution of an opposition party, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen homes in on jailed opposition leader's former NGO.
The lawyers also claimed that the merger of Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party with the Sam Rainsy Party in 2012 was coordinated by Washington.