Role Of Politics In Cambodian Politics

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The next twelve months will be a crucial time in Cambodian politics, with two elections coming up this Sunday and in July next year. The former are the least important of the two, but will be closely watched by the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), which has been bleeding consensus in the past few years, and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the main opposition group, whose leaders finally see a chance of cornering the government. On June 4, a dozen parties will compete for over 1,600 communes across the country. Commune chiefs play a critical role in managing local issues, although they have also become a conduit for corruption – as Asia Sentinel found out first hand in Prey Lang national park, where a local administrator …show more content…

Years of nepotism and widespread corruption had fed disenchantment in part of the population. Especially so among young Cambodians, who are better educated and have access to vastly more information than their predecessors thanks the Internet. “People feel enough for the current regime, so they demand for change. Voters will vote for change and a better life,” says Noan Sereiboth, a member of Politikoffee, a local political discussion forum. Although Cambodia has come a long way in the past three decades, with leaps in poverty reduction and soaring economic growth, the Kingdom remains hobbled by poor governance, ranking156 out of 176 countries in Transparency International's perceived corruption index. There is no shortage of bad news when it comes to land confiscations, corruption and pesky deals with foreign investors, which often end up being connected with personalities at the top of the government. One can recall, for example, that a major player in sand-mining operations in Koh Kong province, where dredging has bankrupted thousands of fishermen, is LYP Group, headed by Ly Yong Pat, a CPP mandarin nicknamed the 'King of Koh Kong' for his extensive investments in casinos and other businesses. In a separate instance, 20,000 people were evicted from the shores of Boeung Kak lake in Phnom Penh to make way for an ambitious real estate project managed by Shukaku Inc, a company linked to CPP senator Lao Meng

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