As Expected, Hun Sen Trumps in One-Sided Cambodian Election

Leader’s eldest son to become prime minister within “three to four weeks.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen has extended his absolute authority over Cambodia, trouncing a feeble opposition in Sunday’s general election and paving the way for a transfer of power to his eldest son Hun Manet within a month.


The one-sided election, derided by Western countries and dismissed as a sham by pro-democracy activists, enabled the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to win 120 seats contested in the 125-seat National Assembly.

The royalist Funcinpec party ended Cambodia’s status as a one-party-state by winning five seats after forecasting it would win at least half the available seats while 16 other minor parties appeared unlikely to win much more than one percent of the overall vote.

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