Former ruling party lawmaker selected as new NEC chairman

Prach Chan, the new chairman of the National Election Committee, is seen on live television at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, June 24. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The National Assembly on Thursday voted to appoint former provincial governor Prach Chan as the new chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC) to replace Sik Bun Hok, who resigned on June 3 due to health issues.

Senior US official urges government to drop charges against opposition members

Prime Minister Hun Sen greets US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, June 1, 2021. Photo posted on the premier’s Facebook page.

US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman has called on the Cambodian government to drop what she described as politically motivated charges against imprisoned activists, journalists and members of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), and to reopen the political space ahead of the upcoming commune and national elections.