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Cambodia’s Hun Sen wins landslide election in one-horse race

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Cambodia’s Hun Sen wins landslide election in one-horse race

Cambodia’s one-sided election on July 23, 2023, will extend the ruling party’s dominance. The Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) faces no viable opposition due to a ruthless crackdown on rivals.

Photo / CINDY LIU / REUTERS

Hun Sen, in power since 1985, is expected to win by a landslide. The CPP won all 125 seats in the past two elections, indicating a continuous trend.

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was banned from competing after dissolution in 2017. CNRP’s leader, Sam Rainsy, lives in self-imposed exile since 2015.

Hun Sen tightened control by cracking down on dissent and media while nurturing ties with China.

The election marks the end of Hun Sen’s reign. However, it won’t likely bring significant political change. The CPP is set to remain in power.

Details about the election:

  1. It was held for all 125 seats in the National Assembly.
  2. The CPP fielded candidates in all 125 constituencies.
  3. The CNRP was banned from competing.
  4. Sam Rainsy, the CNRP leader, lives in self-imposed exile.
  5. Hun Sen is expected to win by a landslide.
  6. The election is seen as a historic moment for Cambodia.
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The election outcome solidifies the CPP’s political dominance, ensuring continued rule for years ahead.