September 24, 1998 |
With the towers of Angkor Wat serving as reminders of Cambodia's past greatness, the feuding leaders of this troubled nation have come here in search of an elusive peace. The swearing-in today of the new National Assembly on the steps of Cambodia's most sacred temples marks the tentative first move by the country's political foes toward reconciliation after nearly two months of postelection violence.
September 13, 1998 |
Rival political supporters battled with clubs and guns Saturday in the sixth straight day of street protests against strongman Hun Sen, who brought thousands of armed men into the capital to crush calls for his ouster. Hun Sen assembled about 5,000 loyalists from the Phnom Penh region, bringing them into the capital in convoys of trucks. They were joined by truckloads of soldiers. "We want to see all demonstrations stopped," said Prak Sokhan, 43, a club-wielding Hun Sen supporter.
September 8, 1998 |
Accusing political opponents of a grenade attack on his home in Phnom Penh, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen ordered an end to protests against his rule and said his most ardent adversary would be arrested. Military police fired hundreds of shots into the air to disperse about 600 people gathered outside a luxury hotel where politician Sam Rainsy, the main target of Hun Sen's crackdown, was taking refuge. One man was killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1998
The Cambodian elections last month yielded a mixed bag of results. Hun Sen, seeking to legitimize his bloody takeover of the government last year, won a plurality of the vote, but Cambodians rightly denied him the two-thirds majority required to form a new government on his own. He has the power to organize a new regime but cannot rule without coalition partners. To no one's surprise after a tough campaign, the two main opposition parties are not buying in.
August 6, 1998 |
Ten days after the country's parliamentary vote, election officials in Phnom Penh declared strongman Hun Sen's party the winner. International monitors said they agreed with the results, rejecting criticism that they overlooked widespread irregularities. Meanwhile, fighting resumed near the Thai border between government troops and soldiers loyal to Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who was ousted as co-premier by Hun Sen last year.
July 31, 1998 |
Strongman Hun Sen continued Thursday to pressure opponents into accepting his election victory, claiming to have won the blessing of this country's influential monarch to form a coalition government. Emerging from a meeting with King Norodom Sihanouk, Hun Sen said he had royal backing for a three-way coalition government, under which his Cambodian People's Party, or CPP, will still control all the important levers of power.
July 27, 1998 |
Nearly 60 years after he ascended to the throne as a teenager, Norodom Sihanouk still holds sway over his people as a god-king, his every utterance taken as gospel, his mere presence the last proud symbol in a broken country.
July 26, 1998 |
Cambodian strongman Hun Sen reiterated that he and his Cambodian People's Party will hand over power within hours if it loses today's general election. "If the CPP loses, we would wait at most five hours, and then we will transfer power," Hun Sen told reporters at his home in Takmau in Kandal province, just south of Phnom Penh. He was speaking shortly after casting his ballot nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1998
In a year of sudden leadership changes in Asian countries, the best hope for Cambodia's national elections this Sunday is simply that they will be fair and credible. That is in question, however, amid reports of intimidation of the nation's largely poor electorate. How the elections are conducted will help determine Cambodia's standing in the international community.