Monday, December 31, 2007

Local paper unveils Top 10 News of Cambodia in 2007

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Major local Chinese-language newspaper the Commercial News here on Monday unveiled the Top 10 News of Cambodia in 2007, which presented a peaceful and flourishing picture of the country.

On top of the chart was the inauguration of the new National Assembly office building on July 7. The Khmer-style mansion took four years and cost 26 million U.S. dollars to become the most updated government building of the country.

Secondly, Senate President Chea Sim, National Assembly President Heng Samrin and Prime Minister Hun Sen, the spirit of Cambodia's governing body, won new uttermost honorary titles from King Norodom Sihamoni on Oct. 12.

Thirdly, Hun Sen on March 15 emphasized that his government consistently supports the One-China Policy and won't allow the Taiwanese authority to establish representative office in Phnom Penh.

Fourthly, the Asia-Pacific City Coalition of Anti-Racism held its first meeting in Phnom Penh on June 5, with the attendance of the deputies from more than 10 regional countries.

Fifthly, Kim Yong Il, Prime Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), paid his four-day official visit to Cambodia.

Sixthly, the National Assembly approved the Civil Aviation Law on Dec. 5, which will provide legal security for passengers and boost the tourism industry.

Seventhly, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) arrested former leaders of the Democratic Kampuchea (DK, 1975-1979) Ieng Sary, his wife Ieng Thirith and Khieu Samphan in December.

Eighthly, the Cambodian government on Dec. 11 blasted United Nations Human Rights Envoy Yash Ghai's recent criticism of the country's judicial system and land rights management, calling him tourist rather than envoy.

Ninthly, Hun Sen on Oct. 28 attended the China-ASEAN Expo in Guangxi, China, for the fourth time consecutively, which bore witness to the ever growing political and trade ties between the two countries.

Finally, the major ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) scored landslide victory in the commune councils election on April 1, which guaranteed for CPP a secure forecast of its performance in the general election in 2008.

According to other recent reports of local media, political dominance by CPP and macro-economic stability are the key words to assess the situation of Cambodia in 2007.

CPP, in conjunction with the Funcinpec Party, has governed the kingdom for almost a decade, while the economy during this period developed positively, with its average growth rate from 2004 to 2006 standing at 11 percent.

Meanwhile, one third of the country's population still live poverty and the government has been under ever rising international pressure to cope with corruption and social injustice to testify its competence and legality, said the reports.

Editor: Wang Hongjiang

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