Thursday, 30 April 2009

The Phnom Penh Post News In Briefs

In Brief: NEC lay down law ahead of campaign

Written by Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Thursday, 30 April 2009

The National Election Committee held a meeting Wednesday to clarify complaint resolution procedures ahead of the 15-day campaign for the May 17 municipal, provincial and district council elections. NEC member Moa Sophearith told political activists, NGOs and journalists that the campaign period will run from Friday to May 15. He added that any election-related complaints can be made to the Kingdom's Provincial Election Committees, with the NEC as a last court of appeal.

In Brief: PM threatens loss of immunity for MP

Written by Meas Sokchea
Thursday, 30 April 2009

To strip Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Mu Sochua of her parliamentary immunity would be "easier than peeling a banana", Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday. The comments, made during a speech at the National Institute of Education, relate to a lawsuit brought by Mu Sochua in relation to what she claims were defamatory remarks made by Hun Sen during a speech in Kampot on April 4. Hun Sen said he would also be prepared to have his own immunity suspended, but said he "did not believe" the majority-CPP parliament would vote to remove his protection.

In Brief: PM calls for early wet season harvest

Written by Sam Rith
Thursday, 30 April 2009

Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on people throughout the country to start planting rice, adding that this year had more rain in the early season and that there was now enough water for farmers to plant rice. "I would like to call on citizens throughout the country to start planting rice in order to increase rice crops ... to ensure food security for our citizens, ASEAN and the world," he said Wednesday. "We can do without other things, but we cannot live without rice."

In Brief: Cambodia 'flu-free'

Written by Kay Kimsong
Thursday, 30 April 2009

Cambodia is still "free from swine flu, pork is safe to eat and tourism is still in good shape", Minister of Tourism Thong Khon said Wednesday. "We have no swine flu," he told the Post. He said the Ministry of Health had already installed scanners at airports to screen for swine flu. However, some tourism operators called for measures to prevent flu from reaching Cambodia. Ho Vandy, co-chair of the Government-Private Sector Working Group, said Cambodia should screen any citizens who have returned from Mexico to prevent the virus from spreading.

In Brief: Kuwait flights discussed

Written by May Kunmakara
Thursday, 30 April 2009

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday proposed direct flights between Cambodia and Kuwait at a meeting with Kuwait's prince Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah. The meeting took place during the prince's official visit to Cambodia, said the PM's advisor Ang Sophaleth. He said the prince was also pushing forward investment agreements between the two countries. Only 472 tourists from Kuwait visited Cambodia in 2008. Kuwait is increasing investment in Cambodia, particularly in agriculture.

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