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 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

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

DPWH budget cut deplored

OPPOSITION Rep. Edcel Lagman has appealed to his colleagues in the House of Representatives to unite and move for the restoration of the cut in the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Lagman has introduced a manifesto of support for the DPWH, which he expects the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Love, prayers for Asiad five

With little preparation and the opposition in the region as tough as ever, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is exhorting the country to rid itself of the negative vibes and throw its full support behind the Philippine Basketball Association-backed squad that will play in the Asian Games this month. "This is our Gilas Pilipinas team, let's show it the love and support we have given past Gilas squads when we go to Indonesia," SBP president Al Panlilio told the Inquirer over the phone on Tuesday morning, a day after the country re-entered the Asiad basketball event. The country has gone through a lot in the past two months and it doesn't need more controversies as the team st...Keep on reading: Love, prayers for Asiad five.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Aquino prefers to back like-minded candidates than run in 2019 polls Former President Benigno Aquino III would rather support candidates who share his beliefs than run for a Senate seat in the coming 2019 midterm elections. "Marami pa naman akong supporter. Malamang mananalo ako. [Pero] tapos manalo, mag-isa ako. Anong gagawin ko? Parang every day kailangan present [sa Senado] ako para kung solo akong opposition, may tututol," Aquino told reporters Wednesday at the Manila Memorial Park Sucat in Paraaque, where he and relatives were commemorating the ninth death anniversary of his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino. [I still have many supporters. I will probably win. But after winning, I will be a...Keep on reading: Aquino prefers to back like-minded candidates than run in 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Cambodia ruling party claims ‘huge victory’ in vote decried as ‘sham’

Cambodia’s ruling party said it had won a landslide in Sunday’s one-horse election, an expected outcome after the main opposition was banned, paving the way for leader Hun Sen to prolong his 33 years in power. Hun Sen, who came to power in 1985 in a country still plagued by civil war, has cracked down [...] The post Cambodia ruling party claims ‘huge victory’ in vote decried as ‘sham’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Cambodians vote in polls with main opposition party silenced

Associated Press PHNOM PEHN, Cambodia (AP) - With the main opposition silenced, Cambodians were voting in an election Sunday virtually certain to return to office Prime Minister Hun Sen and his par.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Ilocos Sur Dads support opposition to dam

VIGAN CITY — The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Ilocos Sur “approved and enacted unanimously” a resolution “adopting the strong opposition” of the Municipalities of Salcedo, Del Pilar and Sigay and objection” to the proposed Gregorio Del Pilar Impoundment Project (GDPIP) during its regular session on Tuesday, July 24. The declaration was authored by SP member Pablito Sanidad, Jr......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Cambodia opposition shrivels as Hun Sen cements iron rule

PHNOM PENH -- Change had felt so close, says opposition activist Khem Chan Vannak wistfully. But then the decades-old networks of Cambodia’s strongman leader Hun Sen showed their teeth, dissolving the rival party and cowing its base into silence. Cambodia goes to the polls on Sunday, but without a serious….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Mabatid to run as independent candidate

Mabolo Barangay Captain Prisca Niña Mabatid said that if she decides to run for president of Cebu City’s Association of Barangay Councils (ABC), she will do so as an independent candidate. While she welcomes the support expressed by members of the opposition, Mabatid said she prefers to pursue her bid without any political influence. “I… link: Mabatid to run as independent candidate.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

LP exec: Attacks vs VP Leni to favor Marcos

      An opposition party believed that the attacks against Vice President Leni Robredo are in support of the supposed plan by former Senator Bongbong Marcos to "subvert the people's will and revise history."   In a statement by the Liberal Party (LP) on Wednesday, party vice president for external affairs Erin Taada said Solicitor General Jose Calida's "obvious pro-Marcos stance" on the recount of votes in the 2016 vice presidential election is "more disturbing." READ:Calida defends stand to take Bongbong's side on ballot shading threshold "It appears that the attacks on Vice President Leni are based on Bongbong Marcos's plan to subvert the p...Keep on reading: LP exec: Attacks vs VP Leni to favor Marcos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

SWS: 64% support closure of Boracay for one year

A MAJORITY of 64% of Filipino adults agreed, and 20% disagreed, with the government’s recommendation to close the entire island of Boracay to tourists for one year for full rehabilitation, according to a noncommissioned poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS)......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Group says there’s no law prohibiting tricycles from ferrying students

“When a public motorized tricycle is carrying students, does it mean it is already a school service?” A road safety and commuter rights group said Sunday there is no law prohibiting tricycles from ferrying students as it declared support to Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte’s opposition to the proposed ban on for-hire tricycles being […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Majority of French reject safe harbor for Aquarius – poll

PARIS, France – A majority of French citizens support the government's decision not to offer safe harbor to a ship carrying 630 rescued migrants after Italy refused to let it dock, an opinion poll released Monday, June 18, showed. Fifty-six percent of respondents said they backed the government, while 42 percent ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

Drilon backs Duterte on peace talks venue

OPPOSITION Senator Franklin Drilon threw his support behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for the peace talks with communist rebels to be held in the country. “I support the President’s decision. The venue of the next round of peace negotiations with the rebel groups should be the Philippines,” Drilon said, who….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi studiously sidestepped a question about whether his federation had been distracted lately. But it has. Just when the Saudis had a first World Cup appearance in 12 years to prepare for, the federation has been mounting a power grab of soccer far beyond the kingdom. What appears the creation of just another bureaucratic institution within the sport could actually have wider ramifications. On its face, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation by the Saudis, including the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, to help to develop the game appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast. "Football is about growth and if you don't grow economically, socially, technically, you will not be moving," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat told The Associated Press. "It's not enough for us to be in the World Cup. "We have a vision that an Asian country will win the World Cup one day, but there must be a start for that. Football is underdeveloped in many areas in Asia." Is the Asian Football Confederation to blame? "Ambitions have to be higher than winning the Asian Cup," Ezzat said. Confederation president Sheikh Salman, a Bahraini, said he "had no objection to the creation of SWAFF as long as it remains as a football body outside of the AFC's zonal structure." Scratch deeper below the surface and the true objectives of the new body seem a little cloudy. It is unclear why SWAFF is required when there are already regional offshoots of the AFC, including the West Asian Football Federation, which is led by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein who resisted an attempt by the Saudis to seize power of his organization before the new regional force emerged. "It will help Asia and it will help FIFA," Ezzat told The Associated Press. "We don't see anything wrong creating that connection between the south and the west. Football needs to grow." Ezzat maintained that SWAFF had followed the right legal steps to avoid breaching the rules of world football's governing body. Ezzat said FIFA governance committee head Mukul Mudgal had been dispatched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the SWAFF meeting on May 31 in Jeddah. The Indian judge denied he was in attendance. SWAFF said the founding members also include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. Oman Football Association General Secretary Said Othman Al Bulushi told the AP his nation was waiting to assess the statutes and legality of the body within FIFA before confirming its membership. The entire Gulf is not in SWAFF. Take a look at the map and three countries in particular are missing: Iran, Qatar and Yemen. "It's not about the geographic map," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat said. "It's about zones." Could it also be about politics? For three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to drive out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis from Yemen to break the civil war in the Arab world's poorest nation and restore the exiled government. Across the Gulf, the Saudis are part of a quartet, including the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, which has spent the last year putting the squeeze on Qatar. Diplomatic ties with the energy-rich country have been severed amid allegations that Qatar supports extremist groups in the region, which Doha denies. The Qataris, though, have plowed ahead with preparations to host an event that will put them at the center of the world's attention: the next World Cup in 2022. Ezzat won't discuss Qatar, or the 2022 World Cup. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, has been less circumspect, demanding earlier this year that Qatar be stripped of the hosting rights if corruption around its bid was proven. For now, in Saudi sights is Qatar's flagship sports network, which owns exclusive Middle East and North African rights to the World Cup. The BeIN Sports coverage of the Russia World Cup opener was watched across Saudi Arabia — but on a pirate channel. The beoutQ signal is transmitted by a Riyadh-based satellite provider, whose largest shareholder is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, the BeIN coverage was seized on by Al-Sheikh to threaten legal action against the network for "wrongdoings against KSA, its sports and officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals." In a tweet, Al-Sheikh added Friday that this "proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil." Soccer's world body, though, is finally intervening. FIFA said it is "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities." What FIFA would not say is whether Infantino raised Qatar's concerns when he watched the opener in the Luzhniki Stadium alongside the Saudi crown prince. Infantino has been a keen visitor to Saudi Arabia over the last year, including meeting King Salman, as intrigue has swirled about the country's role in a consortium's plans to underwrite $25 billion to launch a vastly expanded Club World Cup and an international Nations League. "He knows for a fact the importance of Saudi Arabia in the region," Ezzat said. "That's why I believe he is paying a lot of attention to Saudi Arabia. ... That's a very important sign. (FIFA) know this country can play a very important role in the development of football." Infantino, though, said he believed the backing for the new competitions was "not part of a wider Saudi sports grab." The proposals have stalled because of opposition within the council to Infantino's secrecy over the financial backers. Growing football is part of a sweeping "Vision 2030" plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil money. Prince Mohammed is trying to push Saudi Arabia to become a more cosmopolitan nation that appeals to international investors. Ezzat wants to create new soccer competitions under the auspices of SWAFF and invite countries to participate from beyond the region — particularly Europe. "The country is going through an important change," Ezzat said. "Football can be a catalyst for change. The FIFA president I'm sure knows this very well. ... My country can play an important role in football." Just not the Saudi national team at the moment......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018