In Kem Sokha trial limbo, analysts see strategy to split up CNRP

Former opposition leader Kem Sokha greets onlookers as he leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Picture taken on January 16, 2020. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Since his case was suspended in March 2020 amidst the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sokha and his lawyers have been unable to advance any proceedings. Their filed motions have received no response from the court, even as it has resumed normal functioning for months — a status that has included initiating new trials against rights activists and Sokha’s fellow members of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Authorities deny rumors of Sar Kheng political negotiations, open investigation into the spread of misinformation

Interior Minister Sar Kheng speaks with National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun at an event at the Interior Ministry. Picture taken on February 16, 2021. CamboJA/​ Pring Samrang

Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng traveled to France solely for a medical visit, his son said Monday, denying rumors that the Interior Minister was meeting exiled opposition politicians.

CNRP splinter parties cause internal strife, analysts say

Drivers pass a sign for the newly formed Cambodia National Love Party in Battambang city. Photo taken on August 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A widening rift between former Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders and members that have split off to form their own parties threatens any chance of a united opposition front, analysts say.

Political opposition charts uncertain path as former CNRP leaders join separate parties

Supporters of the former CNRP gather during the commune election campaign in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on May 20, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As more former CNRP officials split to form a new party for the upcoming election, political observers are cautioning that quality beats quantity when it comes to building a competitive opposition.

Civil society leaders urge release of imprisoned opposition members ahead of 2022 commune elections

A woman searches for her name on a voting list during commune elections in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on June 4, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

In a Wednesday press conference held online, representatives of roughly 60 civil society groups urged the government to release prisoners of conscience and work to establish political neutrality among the judiciary, military and National Election Committee ahead of the 2022 commune council polls.