Hun Manet will become Cambodia’s new prime minister and key senior government ministers will step down from their positions after the national assembly convenes in August, Hun Sen stated on Wednesday.
A Candlelight Party youth activist who fled alleged political persecution in Cambodia has been arrested by Thai authorities this week, according to Human Rights Watch.
Amid an ongoing election, the National Assembly passed amendments to electoral laws making it mandatory for a person to have voted in two prior consecutive elections to run as a candidate, a move seemingly in reaction to calls for a boycott of the July election.
Updated: The Candlelight Party will not be allowed to participate in the national elections, Cambodia’s Constitutional Council ruled on Thursday.
Candlelight Party will not be allowed to participate in the July elections, after the National Election Committee issued a statement officially rejecting the opposition party’s registration on Monday. 18 other parties have been approved, including the ruling CPP.
Court Sentences Ex-Opposition Leader Kem Sokha to 27 Years Incarceration for Treason and Lifetime Ban from Politics
A judge convicted former opposition leader Kem Sokha of treason, handing down a 27 year prison sentence and lifetime ban from politics on Friday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Candlelight Party Vice President Thach Setha was arrested Monday after the Phnom Penh municipal court issued a warrant for his arrest, according to police and court spokespersons.
A fire at a Poipet casino killed at least 25 people and injured 90 according to an estimate from Banteay Meanchey provincial spokesperson Sek Sokhom at 3 p.m. on December 30.