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Thousands take to Cambodia's streets on Human Rights Day

Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters and activists, including Buddhist monks, took to the streets Tuesday to mark Human Rights Day and call for improvements in the kingdom's rights record. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy led a crowd of some 6,000 supporters -- many waving Cambodian flags and holding banners that read "Long Live Democracy" -- through Phnom Penh. Chanting the party's slogan of "Change! Change!" and "Step Down!" -- a reference to opposition demands that Prime Minister Hun Sen resign -- the crowd gathered at a park in the city centre.

Cambodian PM vows to root out corruption in new term

Cambodian PM vows to root out corruption in new term PHNOM PENH, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed Monday to get rid of rampant corruption during his new-term government (2013-2018) in order to further develop economy and reduce poverty. "On the occasion of the International Anti-Corruption Day, I would like to reiterate the firm commitment of the fifth term government in stamping out corruption, which is a major obstacle to economic development and poverty reduction," the premier said in a message to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day.

Abe, Hun Sen meet to discuss bilateral cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen met Saturday to discuss bilateral cooperation in political and economic areas. During the meeting, Abe and Hun Sen are expected to agree to boost exchanges in peacekeeping operations, while the Japanese premier will likely express support for cooperation in Cambodia's public health and medical sector. Cambodia was the first country where Japan joined U.N. peacekeeping operations for the first time since a relevant law was enacted in 1992.

Woman shot dead in Cambodia protest clash

A woman was shot dead and several people injured as Cambodian riot police used live rounds, rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with protesting garment workers Tuesday, rights groups said, condemning the violence. Unrest erupted as hundreds of employees from a factory supplying global clothing brands marched towards Prime Minister Hun Sen's home in the heart of Phnom Penh to demand better working conditions.

Cambodian opposition leader in US for talks

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was Wednesday meeting with top State Department officials as part of his campaign to highlight a bitter row over his country's elections. Rainsy's opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is boycotting parliament over the controversial July polls in which it was narrowly defeated by the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of longtime leader Hun Sen. Rainsy, who was also barred from running in the polls, was meeting Wednesday at the State Department with Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

Cambodian opposition wants general strike after 'constitutional coup'

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's main opposition party accused long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen of a "constitutional coup" on Wednesday and said it could call a general strike as it steps up protests over its complaints of vote-rigging in July's general election. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) led by former finance minister Sam Rainsy says it won the election and it boycotted the opening of parliament this week, leaving Hun Sen to be reappointed prime minister by lawmakers from his Cambodian People's Party (CPP).

Cambodian MPs re-elect Hun Sen despite poll row

Cambodia's parliament reappointed strongman premier Hun Sen for another five-year term Tuesday, extending his nearly three-decade rule as the opposition threatened to mount fresh protests over fiercely disputed elections. The controversial move came despite recent mass public demonstrations and a boycott of parliament by Hun Sen's political rivals, who have alleged widespread fraud in the July polls.

Cambodia's parliament reappoints Hun Sen as PM despite election row

Cambodia's parliament on Tuesday approved a new five-year term for Prime Minister Hun Sen following weeks of political turmoil over his disputed election win. The controversial move came despite recent mass public protests and a boycott of the National Assembly by the opposition, which has alleged widespread fraud in the July polls. suy/dr/apj/lm

Cambodian opposition boycotts parliament

The long-ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen pushed ahead with forming a government Monday, ignoring an opposition boycott of parliament and mass protests over its disputed election win. Anti-riot police were deployed near the National Assembly following weeks of political turmoil that has at times descended into violence in one of the biggest challenges to Hun Sen's nearly three decades in power.

Cambodia -- two decades of political turbulence

Cambodia has been shaken by a series of political crises since it emerged from decades of civil war and the murderous reign of the Khmer Rouge. Here are the main episodes in the country's sometimes violent recent political past: - 1993: POST KHMER ROUGE ELECTIONS After decades of civil war and roughly two million deaths during the Khmer Rouge "Killing Fields" era in the late 1970s, a peace treaty is signed in 1991 placing Cambodia under UN supervision until elections are held.
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