ADB Approves US$40 Million Loan for Key Reforms in Service Delivery in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, July 26, 2023 --The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$40 million policy-based loan to support the Government of Cambodia’s efforts to further enhance public service delivery by local administrations through a series of reforms in public finance and decentralisation.According to an ADB’s press release this morning, this second and last subprogramme loan under the Second Decentralised Public Service and Financial Management Sector Development Programme completes a series of reforms to strengthen the role and capacity of local administrations to effectively deliver public services. Reforms under the second subprogramme are designed to strengthen planning and budgeting, revenue and expenditure management, and the capacities of staff at the local administration level to deliver improved services, bolster local government planning, and improve people’s access to public services.“Reforms and digital solutions implemented under the programme will help align local plans with national and provincial budgets for a more effective and equitable delivery of basic public services like access to water, sanitation, and education,” said ADB Country Director for Cambodia Jyotsana Varma. “Measures undertaken under the programme will also boost women’s participation in local decision-making.”This programme builds on ADB’s long standing support for decentralisation reforms in Cambodia, including the development of a policy and regulatory framework for decentralisation as well as support to strengthen revenues and their management at the subnational level. ADB has helped establish one-window service offices for more responsive service delivery, as well as ombudsperson offices to monitor the improved breadth, depth, and quality of services delivered.The second subprogramme focuses on strengthening coordination for responsive and accountable service delivery and enhancing revenue and expenditure management to meet needs at the local government level. It further deepens reforms approved under the first subprogramme, which aims to develop public administration skills and competencies for local administration officials by operationalising the National School of Local Administration.ADB has been a partner of Cambodia in supporting reforms in public finance management and decentralisation since 2002, with an emphasis on pursuing policies to deepen both administrative and fiscal decentralisation measures for improved service delivery, local economic development, and poverty reduction. This new programme loan is in line with ADB’s country partnership strategy for Cambodia for 2019–2023.ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members—49 from the region.
H.E. Dr. Hun Manet to Become New Prime Minister of Cambodia from Aug. 22
Phnom Penh, July 26, 2023 --Caretaker Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has officially confirmed that he will not continue to be the Prime Minister of Cambodia and H.E. Dr. Hun Manet, his eldest son, will become the new Prime Minister from Aug. 22 onward.“Hun Manet will begin his post as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia from the evening of Aug. 22, 2023 onward,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen in a special statement aired on the National Television of Cambodia (TVK) this afternoon.“Since I took the post of Prime Minister on Jan. 14, 1985 until Aug. 22, 2023, I have been in office for 14,099 days or 2,014 weeks or 463 months or 38 years 7 months and 8 days,” he underlined.According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, despite his resignation, he will continue his political career as the President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), a member of the National Assembly and President of the Supreme Privy Council to His Majesty King, then President of the Senate after the Senate Election on Feb. 25, 2024.“Therefore, I will continue to have the possibility to serve the people and help the government in maintaining peace, security, order and contribute to the country development, as well as assist His Majesty the King when he is absent,” he said. “I will not interfere in the affairs of the new Prime Minister or the new government, there is a clear separation between the legislative and executive bodies.”Other dignitaries such as Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly; Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior; Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence; and Samdech Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, will be also appointed members of the Supreme Privy Council to His Majesty the King.H.E. Dr. Hun Manet, current Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army, gained support from the ruling CPP as the future Prime Minister candidate in December 2021.H.E. Dr. Hun Manet was born on Oct. 20, 1977 in Koh Thmar village, Memot district, Kampong Cham province (now Thbong Khmum province) during the Khmer Rouge rule of Cambodia. He married to Pich Chanmony with two daughters and one son.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen to Explain New Government Formation on Aug. 3
Phnom Penh, July 26, 2023 --Caretaker Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning announced that he will explain the formation of a new government on Aug. 3, 2023 at the inauguration ceremony of a ring road, according to a voice message on his social media networks.Samdech Techo Hun Sen asked for understanding from factory workers as he could not visit them after the election as promised due to time limit and the establishment process of the newly-elected government.“Dear all workers, during my previous visits, I promised that after the election, from July 27, I will resume my visit to workers in 10 destinations, both in Phnom Penh and in provinces. But due to time constraint and the establishment of new government, I’d like to ask for your apology as the visit will be postponed to after the new government is formed because now it is a caretaker government,” he said.“There is a possibility that the new prime minister would visit the factory workers, instead of the old prime minister,” he added.Samdech Techo Hun Sen said he will address this issue on Aug. 3, 2023 at the inauguration ceremony of the third ring road.
Third Ring Road to be Officially Put into Use Next Week
Phnom Penh, July 26, 2023 --Phnom Penh’s US$273-million-worth third ring road will be officially inaugurated on Aug. 3, said this morning in a voice message caretaker Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen who is going to preside over the event.According to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the third ring road of 53 kilometres long and 22 metres wide links National Road (NR) 4 in Sangkat Chom Chao 3, Khan Pursenchey, Phnom Penh, to NR1 in Dei Ith commune, Kean Svay district of Kandal province by crossing NR3, NR2, NR21.The third ring road will contribute significantly to further easing cross-border transport, promoting international trade and turning the surrounding areas into a development zone. Besides the ring road, the construction project includes four flyovers and eight bridges.
Chinese Leaders Congratulate Cambodian Ruling Party’s Landslide Victory in Sunday Election
Phnom Penh, July 25, 2023 --Chinese Leaders has sent their respective congratulatory message to Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), on the CPP’s victory in the 7th legislature National Assembly election on Sunday. In their messages dated July 25, Chinese President and General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) H.E. Xi Jinping and Premier of the State Council of China H.E. Li Qiang extended their warm congratulations on the CPP's victory and added that under the leadership of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Cambodia has achieved political stability, economic development, rising living standards and growing international and regional stature.“China will continue to support Cambodia in pursuing a development path that suits its national conditions. I am convinced that under the strong leadership of Samdech President, the CPP will continue to achieve greater success in prosperity of the country, and well-being of the people, while contributing to regional peace, stability, development, and prosperity,” H.E. Xi Jinping underlined."China and Cambodia are a community with a shared future. The CPC attaches great importance to friendly cooperation with the CPP," said H.E. Xi Jinping, affirming his readiness to work with Samdech Techo Hun Sen to strengthen political guidance for bilateral relations, deepen exchanges and cooperation between the two parties and in various fields, to jointly build a high-quality, high-level and high-standard China-Cambodia Community with a Shared Future in the new era to the greater benefit of both countries and peoples.For his part, H.E. Li Qiang said China and Cambodia are true friends withstanding thicks and thins and good brothers with genuine mutual trust, forging ahead in the building of high-quality, high-level and high-standard China-Cambodia Community with a Shared Future in a new era.“I stand ready to work with Samdech Prime Minister to advance closer collaboration among various sectors and localities of the two countries, further enriching China-Cambodia Diamond Cooperation, with early harvest of ‘Industrial and Technological Corridor’, ‘Fish and Rice Corridor’ and other initiatives, delivering more benefits to the two peoples,” he stressed.The 7th National Election took place on July 23 in 23,789 polling stations throughout the country with the participation of 18 political parties and a high turnout rate of 84.58 percent or 8.2 million of the total 9.7 million eligible voters.According to the preliminary results released by the National Election Committee (NEC), CPP won landslide victory, followed by the royalist FUNCIPEC Party.
AIPA Delegation: Cambodia’s 2023 General Election Held Successfully, Transparently and Accountably
Phnom Penh, July 24, 2023 --The 2023 General Election in Cambodia was held successfully, allowing the people of Cambodia to exercise their civic and political rights through the universal direct suffrage by secret ballot governed by prevailing national and international laws.The remarks were made by the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) delegation in a statement on the General Election in Cambodia AKP received this evening.The full statement reads as follows:
New Weather Forecast: More Rain, Lightning and Gusts Expected This Week
Phnom Penh, July 25, 2023 --More rains, accompanied by thunder, lightning and gusts, are expected across the country from July 26 to Aug. 1, the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) said in an announcement on new weather forecast released this morning.For the temperature, during the said period, it would vary between 23 and 34 degrees Celsius for the central lowland areas, and from 22 to 33 degrees Celsius for the highland areas, said the same source.In the coastal regions, MOWRAM pointed out, the temperature would be between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius.The ministry thus called on the public to increase their vigilance of possible natural phenomena, in particular strong winds and high waves in coastal areas.
Australia Helps Strengthen Cambodia’s Knowledge Sector and Evidence-based Policymaking
Phnom Penh, July 21, 2023 --Australia has been active in promoting and strengthening Cambodia’s knowledge sector and evidence-based policymaking through Ponlok Chomnes: Data and Dialogue for Development.According to the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh, Ponlok Chomnes is fostering dialogue between the Cambodian Government, leading national research institutes, and civil society organisations on important policy questions.It supports high-quality research – including on the impacts of COVID-19 on vulnerable groups, strategies to enhance service delivery, and strengthening resilience to COVID-19 in Cambodia and across ASEAN, said the source, adding that it also brings together diverse perspectives, particularly those of women, which leads to better public policy.Ponlok Chomnes has been managed by The Asia Foundation since February 2019, and recently concluded Phase I. With support and contribution from all partners, the programme was able to host 35 policy dialogues/forums at national and sub-national level bringing more robust and responsive policies informed by evidence.
Political Parties’ Parades on Final Day of Election Campaign Held Under Rain Drops
Phnom Penh, July 21, 2023 --The parades of political parties contesting in the 7th National Election on the final day of the three-week-long election campaign was held under the rain drops. In Phnom Penh, the parade of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) was presided over by H.E. Hun Manet, a Member of the Standing Committee of the CPP Central Committee and a CPP's candidate for Phnom Penh municipal constituency, and nearly 80,000 party supporters across the capital.Addressing to the supporters gathering at Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre this morning, H.E. Hun Manet thanked all supporters for their hard work in the past 20 days of election campaign under the rain and heat with the strong will and love of the party, as well as for their espect of the rules and regulations set by the National Election Committee (NEC).During the campaign, the party's candidates for Phnom Penh municipal constituency and activists have visited and encouraged the people to go to vote, he said.“Overall, the past 20 days of the campaign have gone smoothly and without any incidents. Our party supporters have been campaigning responsibly and strictly respecting the election law,” H.E. Hun Manet underlined.Even though a small group of extremists continue to try all means to destroy this election, they cannot hide the truth of Cambodia because the people are well aware of their most poisonous and dangerous tactics, will be determined to unwaveringly support the CPP and vow to vote for the party to ensure the prosperity and development for the future generations, he added.“The election day, on July 23, 2023 is the most important day of our nation and motherland to continue to maintain peace, political stability and development, so please go and vote, especially vote for the Cambodian People's Party,” he said.H.E. Hun Manet said for more than 44 years, the CPP has been united with the people under all circumstances and led the people through all difficulties [...] until the current progress.This historical fact proves that only the CPP has the ability and capability to lead Cambodia towards a bright future, so voting for the CPP is a real vote for ourselves, H.E. Hun Manet, adding that every five years, the CPP sets out clear and specific policies and actions to meet the real needs of the Cambodian people.Besides CPP, some other political parties also held parades and other activities across the nation today.Eighteen parties have been registered to compete in the political race.Tomorrow is the "white day" which bans all campaign activities, and on Sunday, all the 23,789 polling stations throughout the country will open from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm for the eligible voters under the witness of 333 international observers from 65 countries and international institutions and nearly 90,000 national observers from 134 organisations and associations.
French School of Asian Studies Donates Artifacts to APSARA National Authority
Phnom Penh, July 20, 2023 --The French School of Asian Studies or The École française d'Extrême-Orient (EFEO), a partner of the APSARA National Authority in the conservation and research work at the Angkor site, has handed over 31 boxes of artifact fragments including one Buddha statue, and one Bai Sema to the APSARA National Authority for preservation, research, and inventory.The handover ceremony took place in Siem Reap provincial city on July 20, according to a news release of the APSARA National Authority.Tin Tina, Deputy Director of the Department of Research, Training, and Communication, said that all the donated artifacts had been found by excavation at some research sites in Angkor, such as Kouk Ta Siem, Boeung Don Pa, Ung Mong, Baphuon and Prey Moni.He added that these items comprise firstly, 27 boxes of ceramics from the Baphuon Temple, including hard pottery, fragile pottery belonging to Khmer as well as Chinese, Siamese, and Vietnamese ceramics; second, two boxes of sandstone pieces from Kok Ta Siam; third, there are two boxes of sandstone pieces from Boeung Don Pa, Kork Ta Siam, and the Ung Mong temple; and fourth, one Buddha statue from Ung Mong Temple and one Bai Sema from Prey Monti Temple.After receiving all these items, he continued, the APSARA National Authority’s experts will prepare for the preservation in a technical manner, and the authority will organise a non-permanent exhibition in the Preah Norodom Sihanouk-Angkor Museum to display to the national and international tourists to study and explore Cambodian art.This is the third time that the French School of Asian Studies has handed over archeological artifacts from excavations at some research sites and temple restoration sites to the APSARA National Authority.
Cambodian and Chinese Top Leaders Exchange Congratulatory Messages
Phnom Penh, July 20, 2023 --Cambodian and Chinese top leaders have exchanged their congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Cambodia and the People's Republic of China.They recalled the long history of traditional friendship, which was forged and cultivated by the Late King- Father of Cambodia, His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah NORODOM SIHANOUK "Preah Borom Ratanak Kaudh", and Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai as well as further promoted by later generations of the leaders of the two countries, and spoke highly of the excellent bond which was upgraded to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership of Cooperation in 2010 and a Community with a Shared Future in 2019, and developed into an ironclad friendship centered on the principle of profound political trust and win-win cooperation.“In the face of ongoing changes of the global situation, I am absolutely confident that Cambodia-China ties of friendship will remain robust and continue to develop concrete win-win cooperation while carrying forward the most treasured ironclad friendship through the coming generations. Cambodia will continue to uphold the One-China Policy, support the Belt and Road Initiative and jointly work with China to deepen cooperation in various fields for the interests of our two peoples and countries as well as for peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and beyond,” wrote His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia in a royal message to Chinese President H.E. Xi Jinping.In reply, H.E. Xi Jinping acknowledged that China-Cambodia Diamond Cooperation has grown in depth and scope, registering progress on "Industrial and Technological Corridor" and "Fish and Rice Corridor", while developing fruitful results with "China-Cambodia Friendship Year" to celebrate 65 years of diplomatic ties. “I attach great importance to development of China-Cambodia relations and stand ready to make joint efforts with Your Majesty to deliver more success and tangible benefits to the two peoples,” he said.For his part, in his message to his Chinese counterpart H.E. Li Qiang, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, said his unplanned visit to Beijing in early 2020 amid the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, in order to demonstrate Cambodia's firm political support and encouragement for the Chinese government and people, and China's timely and substantial support for Cambodia in the fight against the pandemic were a clear test of the strength of our solidarity and ironclad friendship particularly in times of hardship.“I also note with deep satisfaction of our fruitful cooperation in economic sphere, which has greatly benefited our two countries and peoples. Apart from being Cambodia's major trading partner, China is currently a main driver of foreign direct investment and a key contributor of development assistance. I am proud that our Free Trade Agreement which entered into force in 2022 has enormously boosted bilateral trade and investment flow. In this spirit, Cambodia stands ready to work closely with China to increase our trade volume to US$ 15 billion by 2025 as our agreed target,” he added.The Cambodian Premier took the opportunity to thank China for always extending steadfast support and assistance for long-term development in line with the Kingdom's characteristics, and expressed his firm confidence that with joint efforts, the bilateral cooperation will continue to grow and flourish in both depth and scope in the years to come.In response, H.E. Li Qiang reaffirmed his readiness to work with Samdech Prime Minister to promote closer collaboration among various sectors and localities of the two countries, with a view to developing more fruitful results through closer China-Cambodia Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation.Cambodia and China established their diplomatic relations in 1958.
Delegations of International Election Observers Arrive in Cambodia
Phnom Penh, July 20, 2023 --Different delegations of international observers have successively arrived in Phnom Penh since July 19 to monitor the forthcoming 7th general election in Cambodia.The delegations already arrived in the Kingdom via Phnom Penh International Airport include those from the Centrist Democrat International (CDI-IDC), Lao PDR, International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), ASEAN Secretariat, Maldives, International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) and so on.In a message on his social media networks this morning, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen extended warm welcome to all the 333 excellencies from 65 countries and international institutions who are visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia to observe the 7th National Assembly general election, to be held on Sunday, July 23, 2023.At the same time, Samdech Techo Hun Sen thanked the speaker of the Parliament of Malaysia and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau for the direct observation.The Cambodian Premier also expressed thanks to the 11 former heads of state, heads of government, former presidents and vice presidents of the National Assembly for taking the time to travel to Cambodia to witness the democratic process in Cambodia.Cambodia has already organised the general election for six times, and the seventh general election in 2023 has received the largest number of foreign observers and the highest number of dignitaries, Samdech Techo Hun Sen underlined.Besides foreign observers, the National Election Committee (NEC) has so far accredited nearly 90,000 national observers from 134 organisations and associations.Across the 25 capital and provinces of Cambodia, 23,789 polling stations have been allocated for the election on Sunday.Eighteen parties joining the political race are running their campaigns peacefully, and no major incidents related to the campaign have been reported.
Workers-Employees to Have 3 Days off to Go to Vote in the National Assembly Election
The Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (the “MLVT”) has issued the Guideline No. 058/23 dated 18 July 2023 on Allowing the Workers-Employees to Have 3 Days off to Go to Vote in the National Assembly Election, 7th Legislature (the “Guideline”).According to the Guideline:• All owners and directors of factories, enterprises and institutions within the scope of the Labor Law, including handicrafts, companies, hotels, restaurants, entertainment clubs, casinos, supermarkets and all businesses must allow workers-employees to have three paid days off from 22 to 24 July 2023 to go to vote in the upcoming National Assembly Election that will be held on 23 July 2023.• The labor inspectors at the ministerial, departmental and capital-provincial level shall inspect the implementation of the 3 days off as required above. In case of any non-compliance with the requirement as mentioned above, the legal measures shall be applied.
Cambodia Appreciates OIF for Sending Observers for Upcoming National Election 2023
Phnom Penh, July 20, 2023--Cambodia has appreciated the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) for sending its observers for the country's 7th general election to take place on Jul. 23.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng expressed his appreciation during his meeting with H.E. Désiré NYARUHIRIRA, Special Adviser to the OIF Secretary-General on Diplomacy and Political Affairs, here in Phnom Penh on July 19.Samdech Sar Kheng briefed H.E. Désiré NYARUHIRIRA on Cambodia's election process, including the election for the 7th legislature and the commune/Sangkat council election last year.Cambodia also has two indirect elections: the senate election and the capital, provincial, city, district, and Khan council election, continued the deputy prime minister.He underlined the improving security situation in Cambodia's elections during the last three decades, especially in the past elections.H.E. Désiré NYARUHIRIRA thanked Samdech Sar Kheng for the meeting and lauded Cambodia's role in the establishment of OIF.OIF has always sent observers for elections in Cambodia and other Francophone countries to contribute to strengthening the rule of law and peace, he emphasised.
350 Public Buses Ready For Free Transport For Sunday Election
Phnom Penh July 18, 2023 --Phnom Penh Municipal Hall has prepared 350 public buses to transport people from Phnom Penh to their hometowns during the general election which will fall on Sunday, July 23, 2023.The public buses will be available in ten different locations in Phnom Penh for three days – from July 22 to 24, said H.E. Khuong Sreng, Governor of Phnom Penh, in a meeting held here on July 18.Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has recently ordered Phnom Penh Municipal Hall to deploy the state’s public buses to transport people from Phnom Penh to their hometowns, underlining that the transport service is free of charge and without political discrimination.The Premier also asked the provincial administrations to work with the Phnom Penh Municipal Hall and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training to identify the number of buses and drivers needed by each province.All civil servants, workers and employees will have three days of paid leave from July 22 to 24, 2023 so that they can go to the July 23 poll.
Ministry of Post Builds US$30 million National Data Centre
Phnom Penh, July 19, 2023 --The Ministry of Post and Telecommunications kick-started here on July 19 the construction of the National Data Centre, funded byy a national budget of nearly US$30 million.Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, H.E. Chea Vandeth, Minister of Post and Telecommunications, said that the National Data Centre is important for the public and private sectors in Cambodia to take advantage of the data to promote the development of their institutions and it marks a major step forward for Cambodia in the digital revolution.“The National Data Centre will be a place to collect and store government data and company data from key sectors by providing a secure and reliable modern technology infrastructure as well as benefits to institutions such as data sovereignty, money saving and capacity strengthening for a better service provision,” he said.Located in Sangkat Srah Chak, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, the 12-storey building of 36 metres wide and 63 metres long of the Tier IV National Data Centre will be completed in 2025.
5th Legislature Senate Election to Take Place in February 2024
Phnom Penh, July 18, 2023 --Cambodian Senate will hold an election for the fifth legislature on Feb. 25, 2024, according to a resolution of the Royal Government of Cambodia issued this afternoon.The election will not be by universal suffrage. Only commune councillors throughout the country and parliamentarians will take part in this election.The Cambodian political parties will compete for 58 of the 62 Senate seats. Two of the remaining four seats will be appointed by His Majesty the King and another two by the National Assembly.For the 4th legislature Senate Election held on Feb. 25, 2018, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all the 58 Senate seats.The other three participating political parties – the royalists FUNCINPEC Party, the Cambodian Youth Party, and the Khmer National Unity Party – got some votes, but not enough to win a seat.The term for senators is six years, according to Article 102 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Nearly 90,000 Observers Accredited for In-coming Election
Phnom Penh, July 18, 2023 --Towards the 7th mandate general election, the National Election Committee (NEC) has so far accredited more than 89,645 national and international observers, as the election campaign is going on smoothly. The update was shared on July 17 by NEC Spokesperson H.E. Som Sorida, adding that of the number, 89,562 are national observers from 134 organisations and associations, and the remaining 83 are international observers from 13 countries.NEC is reviewing the applications of 126 international observers from 17 international organisations and associations, he continued. Across the 25 capital and provinces of Cambodia, 23,789 polling stations have been allocated for the election to be held on July 23. Eighteen parties joining the political race are running their campaigns peacefully, and no major incidents related to the campaign have been reported. As of Jul. 16, NEC has received eleven minor complaints related to the election campaign to be closed on Jul. 21.
Ministry Calls for Vigilance of Possible Natural Disasters
Phnom Penh, July 18, 2023 --The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology (MOWRAM) has warned the public of possible natural disasters, especially strong winds and high waves at coastal areas between July 19-25, 2023.MOWRAM emphasised the alert in its announcement on new weather forecast made public this morning, adding that rainfall from low to heavy, accompanied by thunder, lighting and gusts, has been forecasted across the country during the said period.For the temperature, it pointed out, it would vary between 23 and 32 degrees Celsius for central lowland areas, from 22 to 31 degrees Celsius for highland areas, and between 24 and 34 degrees Celsius in coastal areas.Recently, the Preah Sihanouk provincial administration advised the suspension of the transport of tourists to the islands and of fishing activities due to bad weather, from July 15 to 20.On Monday, the provincial administration has sent six ferries to fetch 708 national and international tourists, including 347 women and 15 children, stranded on Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samleum islands due to rain, storms and high waves.
Two Units of Cambodian Peacekeepers to Return Home in September and November
Phnom Penh, July 18, 2023 --Two units of Cambodian blue helmet troops will return home in early September and mid-November this year from their mission in the Republic of Mali, according to a notice on the repatriation of the United Nations Command in the Republic of Mali (MINUSMA).The reason of the UN troops’ withdrawal is that the Malian government and non-governmental groups have asked the UN to withdraw all forces.The United Nations Security Council Report showed that on June 30, the Council adopted resolution 2690, which terminated the mandate of the MINUSMA as of June 30 and requested the UN to immediately start on July 1 the transfer of its tasks and the orderly and safe drawdown and withdrawal of its personnel, with the objective of completing this process by Dec. 31.