Cambodia elections, Hun Sen poised for re-elections

Cambodia elections, Hun Sen poised for re-elections

Editorial Staff
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The official results of the 29 July elections will be made public only on 11 August. Voter turnout was 82 per cent

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Voting was completed in Cambodia, but without a real opposition, the current Prime Minister Hu Sen, who has been in power since 1985, looks set to be re-elected. Although the results will be formally released on 11 August, everyone seems to take for granted that the PM’s CPP (Cambodian Popular Party) will win again. The elections held on Sunday 29 July were the first since the 2017 forced disbandment of the key opposition, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), whose leader Sam Rainsy claimed from his self-exile in France, that Hu Sen’s victory was ‘fake’. Campaigning took place with no credible opposition and against the backdrop of severe repression of any dissent. Hu Sen, formally a deserter from the Khmer Rouge regime who came to power when the country was still reeling from civil war, pressured civil society, independent media and political rivals to the point that elections could not be considered free and transparent, according to analysts and human right activists. The National Electoral Commission announced that voter turnout was at 82%, higher than the last elections in 2013 (69%), a figure that helps the Prime Minister gain legitimacy, after the opposition called for a vote boycott.