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EU pulls support for Cambodia poll after opposition dissolved

PHNOM PENH: The European Union on Tuesday pulled support for Cambodia’s election authority, questioning the legitimacy of upcoming polls after the dissolution of the opposition transformed the kingdom into a virtual one-party state under strongman Hun Sen. A Supreme Court ruling last month dissolved the main opposition to the incumbent Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), an [...] The post EU pulls support for Cambodia poll after opposition dissolved appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netDec 12th, 2017

Cambodia king pardons jailed opposition lawmaker

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – An outspoken Cambodian opposition lawmaker was pardoned by royal decree and released on Saturday, August 25, the first member of a now-dissolved political party to be freed a month after strongman premier Hun Sen won a virtually uncontested election. The lead-up to the July 29 poll – ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Cambodia ruling party wins all seats in parliament: election committee

Cambodia's ruling party has won all seats in parliament, an election committee official said Wednesday, two weeks after a flawed poll held without an opposition. Strongman Hun Sen's party "won all 125 parliamentary seats," National Election Committee spokesman Dim Sovannarom told AFP. The result officially cements the Southeast Asian country's status as a one-party state and extends Hun Sen's 33-year rule, but his new government could face questions of legitimacy. The July 29 election took place without his main political rival, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, after it was dissolved in a sweeping crackdown on dissent last year. The election committee spokesman said th...Keep on reading: Cambodia ruling party wins all seats in parliament: election committee.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 15th, 2018

Cambodia PM denies ‘international pressure’ behind release of opposition leader

PHNOM Penh, Cambodia--- Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen batted down speculation Wednesday that he caved to international pressure after an opposition leader was released from jail, claiming the decision was made for his ailing foe's health and safety. Kem Sokha, the co-founder of the now-defunct Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested on treason charges in September two months before the Supreme Court dissolved his party. The moves came during a sweeping crackdown led by the 66-year-old strongman and paved the way for an easy election victory in July that was lambasted as a sham. But in the aftermath of the vote Hun Sen has returned to a pattern of easing up on dissent and...Keep on reading: Cambodia PM denies ‘international pressure’ behind release of opposition leader.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Cambodian parliament launches era of one-party rule

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia –Cambodia's new parliament met for the first time Wednesday, September 5, launching an era of one-party rule after an uncontested election handed the ruling party of strongman Hun Sen all 125 seats. July's poll has been derided internationally after the only credible opposition party was disbanded ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 5th, 2018

One-party rule ‘terrible setback’ for Cambodia — opposition chief

BONNIEUX, France -- The co-founder of Cambodia’s disbanded opposition has decried the landslide victory of Hun Sen’s ruling party in an uncontested poll as a “terrible setback”, urging a campaign of non-cooperation with the next government. A provisional count from Sunday’s poll has handed the Cambodia People’s Party of strongman….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Cambodians vote in polls with main opposition party silenced

PHNOM PEHN, Cambodia --- With the main opposition silenced, Cambodians were voting in an election Sunday virtually certain to return to office Prime Minister Hun Sen and his party who have been in power for more than three decades. Although 20 parties are contesting the polls, the only one with the popularity and organization to mount a credible challenge, the Cambodian National Rescue Party, was dissolved last year by the Supreme Court. Its leaders have called on supporters to boycott the polls, charging they are neither fair nor free. Along with fracturing the political opposition, Hun Sen's government also silenced critical voices in the media and ahead of the polls, ordered...Keep on reading: Cambodians vote in polls with main opposition party silenced.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Cambodian journalists charged with espionage for filing news to U.S.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Two Cambodian journalists were charged on Saturday, November 18, with spying for allegedly filing news reports to Washington-based Radio Free Asia amid a sweeping government crackdown on dissent.  The reporters were detained on Tuesday night, days before Cambodia's main opposition party was dissolved over ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodia's Supreme Court dissolved the country's main opposition party and banned more than 100 of its politicians for 5 years on Thursday, November 16, in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the "death" of the nation's democracy. The verdict was widely expected from a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Cambodia’s top court orders opposition party dissolved

  PHNOM PENH, Cambodia --- Cambodia's Supreme Court ordered the main opposition party to be dissolved on Thursday, dealing a crushing blow to democratic aspirations in the increasingly oppressive Southeast Asian state. The decision clears the way for the nation's authoritarian leader to remain in power for years to come. The verdict, which was widely expected, comes amid a growing push by the administration of Prime Minister Hun Sen to neutralize political opponents and silence critics ahead of elections due in July 2018. Chief Judge Dith Munty, who is a senior ruling party member, announced the nine-member court's unanimous ruling. He said 118 opposition party members w...Keep on reading: Cambodia’s top court orders opposition party dissolved.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Hontiveros asked for support for senior citizen pension bill Manila Bulletin News

Hontiveros asked for support for senior citizen pension bill Manila Bulletin Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros asked on Tuesday the cooperation of her colleagues in Congress to pass her Senate bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News17 hr. 56 min. ago

Hontiveros asked for support for senior citizen pension bill

Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros asked the cooperation of her colleagues in Congress to pass her Senate bill which seeks to create a universal social pension system for all senior citizens or those 65 years old and above to help elderly Filipinos meet their daily needs. Hontiveros asked for support for senior citizen pension bill Source link: Hontiveros asked for support for senior citizen pension bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News20 hr. 56 min. ago

Lakas-CMD revokes poll support for Baldo Manila Bulletin News

Lakas-CMD revokes poll support for Baldo Manila Bulletin After being tagged as the alleged mastermind in the killings of AKO-Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his security aide, Daraga Mayor C.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Cambodia PM says EU holding country hostage with tariff threats

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen blasted the European Union on Saturday, January 12, for holding the country "hostage" with threats to axe trade preferences after it held elections with no credible opposition . The EU threatened in October to withdraw the duty-free Everything But Arms scheme (EBA), which benefits exports from Cambodia's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Taada asks Filipinos abroad to support opposition Senate bids

Liberal Party senatorial bet Erin Taada (left)andSen. Leila de Lima's Chief of Staff Atty. Philip Sawali participate in a video chat with Filipino American human rights advocates in the San Franci.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

Tañada asks Filipinos abroad to support opposition Senate bids

Liberal Party senatorial bet Erin Taada (left)andSen. Leila de Lima's Chief of Staff Atty. Philip Sawali participate in a video chat with Filipino American human rights advocates in the San Francisco Bay Area. INQUIRER/Jun Nucum BURLINGAME, California -- A Liberal Party senatorial candidate in the coming midterm elections in the Philippines admitted that lack of public awareness of their bid remains a big hurdle for the eight candidates running in opposition to the administration of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.   Human and labor rights lawyer and Liberal Party stalwart Lorenzo Erin Taada III aired this concern through online video conversation in a public forum ...Keep on reading: Tañada asks Filipinos abroad to support opposition Senate bids.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2019

Maduro’s 2nd term ‘illegitimate’

Caracas — Venezuela’s opposition-controlled but toothless National Assembly declared Nicolas Maduro’s presidency illegitimate on Saturday, calling on the military to support efforts to “restore democracy.” He is set to be sworn in for a second six-year term The United States, which has sanctioned Venezuelan officials and entities, hailed the legislature as “the only legitimate and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 7th, 2019

Venezuela assembly rejects Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s opposition-controlled but toothless National Assembly declared Nicolas Maduro’s presidency illegitimate on Saturday, calling on the military to support efforts to “restore democracy.” The United States, which has sanctioned Venezuelan officials and entities, hailed the legislature as “the only legitimate and last remaining democratically elected institution” in the country. “We reaffirm the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Venezuela s assembly rejects legitimacy of Maduro 2nd term

CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela's opposition-controlled but toothless National Assembly declared Nicolas Maduro's presidency  illegitimate on Saturday, January 5 calling on the military to support efforts to "restore democracy." The United States, which has sanctioned Venezuelan officials and entities, hailed the legislature as "the only legitimate and last ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2019

Duterte rating rises: Blow to critics or sign of fear?

Notwithstanding his threats against Catholic bishops, public satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte rose in December, the second time that his performance ratings increased after an 11-point decline in June, results of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed. Malacaang on Saturday raved about the continued big support for Mr. Duterte, but an opposition senator said respondents may have been fearful of expressing their true sentiments. The Palace said the continued big support for the President was a big blow to his detractors. "The consistent satisfaction rating of President Duterte puts a lie to critics and detractors who find nothing good in his style of gove...Keep on reading: Duterte rating rises: Blow to critics or sign of fear?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

Left alone: Alba proving perfect sidekick for Lionel Messi

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — With Lionel Messi wowing fans game after game, it's easy to overlook Jordi Alba, the player who often puts him in position to score so many impressive goals. Alba has become the indispensable sidekick for Barcelona's all-time leading scorer. "Leo and Jordi understand one another perfectly," coach Ernesto Valverde said after Saturday's 2-0 win over Celta Vigo when Alba helped set up both of Barcelona's goals. Alba first passed for Messi to shoot, with a rebound of a save falling to Ousmane Dembele to finish off. Alba then assisted Messi for his league-leading 15th goal of the season. "Their relationship clicks," Valverde said. "Sometimes rivals try to block their passing angles, but Jordi has a great sense of timing. And even though adversaries know it's coming, it continues to work." Alba has been running up and down Barcelona's left flank for seven seasons now, but his importance to his team's attack used to be secondary to the sparkling play of former stars Neymar, Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Neymar's exit two summers ago marked a turning point for Alba. With the Brazil forward no longer soaking up all the weight of the attack on Barcelona's left side, Alba was free to fully exploit his speed and passing ability. As Alba told Spanish sports daily Sport in 2017, "now I have the entire left side to myself, and that is much better." Messi often starts his attacks from the right or center of the field to have his preferred left boot set to shoot. That leaves Alba in an ideal position to stretch the defense with carefully timed bursts of speed to break into the area behind the opposition's backline, often after exchanging passes with Messi. The 29-year-old Alba has developed the knack of knowing where Messi will dart to in the box, often behind a dummy run by Luis Suarez, where he can receive Alba's passes in a scoring position. "They are very quick moves against defenses that really close down the open spaces," Alba said after Saturday's strong performance. "But Messi always waits for the opportune moment to find space, and I connect with him." Alba has done his part in ensuring Barcelona went into the Spanish league's winter break with a three-point lead atop the standings. "Most of the passes that I give Messi end up in goal," Alba said. "Leo never misses." ADIOS ATLETICO? Second-placed Atletico Madrid heads toward the winter transfer window with big questions about two of its top young players: France defender Lucas Hernandez and midfielder Thomas Partey. Hernandez has been linked to interest by Bayern Munich in triggering the 80 million euro ($91 million) buyout clause that would free him from his contract. While Atletico has denied that Hernandez wants to leave, coach Diego Simeone appears to accept that he could lose the 22-year-old defender. "Lucas knows what I told him. I love him a lot, we have watched him grow up," Simeone said after Saturday's 1-0 victory over Espanyol. "Let him decide what he thinks is best and I will support him." Thomas, who can play either as a holding midfielder or further up in the formation, has also made it publicly known that he wants to play more. "I have a deep affection for Atletico and I am grateful for all that it has done, as well as for the fans, but sometimes I feel unhappy at Atletico," Thomas said Saturday. LLORENTE'S MOMENT Ignored by previous managers, 23-year-old Marcos Llorente is playing well enough to threaten Casemiro's spot in the starting 11 as Real Madrid's holding midfielder. Llorente has started nine matches since Santiago Solari took over from the fired Julen Lopetegui two months ago, benefiting from Casemiro twisting an ankle. Llorente scored his first goal for Madrid on Saturday when he struck a powerful shot from outside the area to help beat Al Ain 4-1 in Abu Dhabi. Madrid won its third straight Club World Cup. "Life, like football, can change just like that," Llorente said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2018