Cambodian Election Results Give Ruling Party Sweep of Seats

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party has won all 125 seats in the National Assembly, official results released Wednesday by the state election board confirmed. An announcement by the state National Election Committee showed that the Cambodian People's Party had swept the polls, ensuring that Hun Sen, who has held power for 33 years, will receive another five-year term.   Both the legitimacy and the results of the polls had already been challenged by Hun Sen's opponents, who say the July 29 vote was not fair because the Cambodia National Rescue Party, the only credible opposition force, was disbanded last year by court order after a complaint by the government.   Critics also were skeptical about the July 29 vote itself. The former leaders of the opposition CNRP called for a voter boycott of the election, but the official turnout was a high 83 percent. Hun Sen's party also won more than two-thirds of the vote in every province.   Nineteen parties had competed against Hun Sen's CPP, but almost all were vanity vehicles or groups serving as window-dressing to give the illusion of democratic choice.   The new parliament is to convene on Sept. 5, and the next government is to be installed on Sept. 6.   "This result shows that our compatriots fully believed in the right leadership of the Cambodian People's Party which is led by Prime Minister Hun Sen," Hun Sen said on his Facebook page after the announcement of the official results, adding that voting for his party meant voting for peace and development for the entire country.   He called the July 29 election free and fair and said it was conducted according to the principle of democracy.   In a speech earlier Wednesday to thousands of garment workers, Hun Sen said he... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Cambodian Election Results Give Ruling Party Sweep of Seats, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Cambodian Election Results Give Ruling Party Sweep of Seats





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018



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