With no credible opposition, minor parties prepare for non-competitive elections

Motorists drive past the Khmer Will Party's headquarters in Phnom Penh, July 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Ou Chanrath, the founder of the newly formed Cambodia Reform Party (CRP) and a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker, said that party officials had been repeatedly questioned by authorities while collecting fingerprints to submit to the Ministry of Interior so that the party can compete in the upcoming commune elections.

Minor political parties raise democratic concerns with U.S. ambassador

U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy met with representatives of minor political parties to discuss the political situation on Tuesday.

Five minor political parties and a close aide of Kem Sokha met with U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy this week, where they shared their concerns about Cambodia’s democratic backslide.