Cambodia morning news for July 30

Cambodia morning news for July 30
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Cambodia morning newsCambodia votes: CPP claims 45% gain, claims boycott call ignored (gallery)
The future of Cambodia’s political landscape is unclear this evening with the country’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) claiming some 82.17 per cent of eligible Khmer voters rejected a call to boycott today’s national election, with the ruling party claiming a boost of 47 per cent.
— AEC News Today

Enforced silence catches Cambodia media off-guard – See who’s blocked
Ahead of national elections that are widely tipped to see the ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) and Southeast Asia strongman Hun Sen returned to office tomorrow the country’s 8.3 million registered voters are finding it difficult to stay abreast of the latest developments, with 17 news sites being blocked by the government.
– AEC News Today

Cambodia Ruling Party Claims Win in Election Without Opponents
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party claimed victory in a general election Sunday, capturing nearly all 125 seats in a one-sided contest as voters, many under threat of losing government services, ratified an outcome decided in November when Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government dissolved the main opposition party.
— Radio Free Asia

Cambodia poll sees 80 per cent turnout
Despite calls for a boycott, the just-concluded general election in Cambodia saw a turnout as high as 80.49 per cent, the National Election Commission (NEC) said.
— Thai PBS

Cambodian Expats Protest Election Dubbed ‘Funeral for Democracy’
The demonstrations marked the last push by the opposition to lobby for a boycott of the vote following the party’s dissolution by the Cambodian People’s Party-controlled Supreme Court in November.
— VOA Cambodia

An opportunity to reset the Cambodia political landscape
It is not often that a country gets the chance to change its political landscape without the intervention of armed forces. One has only to look at Thailand where the political landscape has undergone forced change 12 times since 1932.
– AEC News Today

Cambodia wakes to another era of Hun Sen rule after ‘flawed’ election
Cambodia woke on Monday to another chapter of rule by strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, a day after a general election in which his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) declared victory but one which rights groups said was neither free nor fair.
— Reuters

Cambodia Goes To The Polls – Government Blocks Critical News Websites
The sixth general election kicked off in Cambodia on Sunday, July 29, with a total of 20 political parties taking part in the race, a National Election Committee (NEC) spokesman said.
— Investvine

Cambodia to buck trend of cutting rubber production
Cambodia will not follow major rubber players in their move to cut production to boost prices, Pol Sopha, the director of the General Department of Rubber, said.
— Khmer Times

Election: Cambodian Post Their Inked Fingers on Facebook after Voting
Cambodian users posted photos of their inked finger to confirm that they had already voted in the election of the 6th National Assembly on Sunday.
— Fresh News

Election Concludes with Security and Order
Neth Savoeun, General Commissioner of National Police said Sunday that Cambodian general election in the sixth mandate 2018 was concluded with security and order.
— Fresh News

National election a success: NEC
The National Election Committee yesterday said that the national election was a resounding success, with 82.17 percent of registered voters turning out to cast ballots to elect the 125-seat National Assembly.
— Khmer Times

Cambodian opposition leader calls for protests
Cambodia’s exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy has called for peaceful protests against the country’s general election, calling it “a sham election with a foregone conclusion”.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Going forward, looking back: observations on the 2018 Cambodian election
Cambodia will vote on Sunday July 29. Today, the 20 competing parties can make their final appeals to the voters.
— New Mandala

(De)Constructing Sihanoukville – A Photoblog
Let’s call it nostalgia, or call it utter astonishment – but something is happening WITH Sihanoukville. Something irreversible.
— Investvine

106 Investment Projects Approved in First Semester 2018: CDC
In the first semester of 2018, the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC) approved 106 investment projects, including 97 new projects and 9 expansion projects, according to CDC’s press release issued on Saturday.
— Fresh News

Advancing the local agriculture sector
Dr Kim Yong Hwan is the director of the Korea Programme on International Agriculture (Kopia), a project that has enabled the development of Cambodia’s first hybrid silkworm and maize varieties.
— Khmer Times

Arrivals of international tourists increase 13 pct
About 3 million international tourists visited the Kingdom during the first half of the year, a hike of 13 percent, according to the Ministry of Tourism.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia election: Australia warned ‘you don’t drink champagne with dictators’
The Federal Government is being urged to reject the results of Cambodia’s elections and impose sanctions on the Hun Sen regime, after his ruling party declared victory in yesterday’s vote that was widely seen as a sham.

‘My vote is useless’: Some refuse to cast ballots in Cambodian election
The 57-year-old farmer in a rural northern Cambodian province had voted in every election since a U.N.-led effort to bring democracy to this country a quarter-century ago.
— The Washington Post

Sharp increase in visitors at Sambor Prei Kuk
Sambor Prei Kuk, a world heritage site in Kampong Thom province, saw a 67 percent hike in international visitors and a tenfold increase in local visitors in the first half of 2018.
— Khmer Times


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Feature photo John Le Fevre


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Sreypov Men recently completed a course of study in International Relations at the Institute of Foreign Languages.

She commenced as an intern at AEC News Today and was appointed as a junior writer/ trainee journalist on April 2, 2018

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