Uneven Playing Field as Splintered Opposition Parties Prepare for 2022 Commune Elections

Yem Ponhearith , the president of the Kampuchea Niyum Party, speaks during International Human Rights' Day celebrations at his party's headquarters in Phnom Penh, December 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Khuon Narim

With the main opposition CNRP banned and one of its former leaders, Kem Sokha, facing trial on treason charges in January, observers say next year’s commune elections will likely be dominated by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-ruling CPP.

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.