Tag: Hun Sen
Sam Rainsy’s return from France on Independence Day expected to be dramatic.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is accused by opposition figure Sam Rainsy of plotting the 2008 death of the police commissioner in a helicopter crash.
Hun Sen this month threatened to retaliate against the opposition if the EU withdraws duty-free trading access.
China has already poured billions of dollars in development assistance and loans into Cambodia through Xi's Belt and Road initiative.
Hun Sen accused the EU of holding the country's 16 million people 'hostage' with tariff threats.
The EU threatened to withdraw the duty-free Everything But Arms scheme (EBA), which benefits exports from Cambodia's garment and footwear sector.
Hun Sen remains defiant Saturday as he inaugurated a monument with carvings showcasing his government's achievements.
The 66-year-old leader has ruled Cambodia for 33 years and his administration is full of family-linked officials, with his three sons in key posts across defence and intelligence establishments.
The two leaders signed eight memorandums of understanding (MOU) including in the areas of education and agriculture.
Speaking from the floor of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Hun Sen warned against any outside "interference" in Cambodian politics.
Sokha, 65, spent more than a year in a remote prison near the Vietnamese border before his release.
Restrictions placed on Kem Sokha include a ban on him meeting party officials.
Since the polls Hun Sen has begun to release critics from jail, a common relaxation of his grip on power that has followed election wins throughout his time in office.
The opposition was dissolved in the run-up to the vote with government dissenters and activists arrested.
King Norodom Sihamoni presides over the opening session of parliament after Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won all 125 parliamentary seats up for grabs in the July 29 vote.
The 14 released Tuesday from Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh were pardoned by the Cambodian king for convictions that carried between seven and 20 years behind bars.
The strongman has been in power for 33 years but the vote late last month was widely decried as a sham after a crackdown on the rival Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
Chinese investment in Sihanoukville has topped US$1 billion but the money comes with a rise in illegal sex services.
Although official results won't be announced until mid-August, Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) said it had won all 125 parliamentary seats following the July 29 vote.
The CPP has pointed to what it says was a solid election turnout as proof of the country's sound democratic process where more than 82% of those registered to vote cast their ballots.
China has always supported Cambodia in protecting its sovereignty, independence and stability, and opposes any foreign country interfering in Cambodia's internal affairs.
Hun Sen has grown ever closer to China, accepting cash from Beijing in return for supporting its geopolitical aims in the region – particularly regarding disputed territory in the South China Sea.
The election will be held under adverse political circumstances because the Supreme Court ruled to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party last year.
The concessional loan agreement was signed on July 10 between the Export-Import Bank of China and Cambodia's Ministry of Finance to build a four-lane, 47 km city ring road, the finance ministry said in a statement on Friday.