Cambodia’s new parliament met for the first time, launching an era of one-party rule after an uncontested election handed the ruling party of strongman Hun Sen all 125 seats.
July’s poll has been derided internationally after the only credible opposition party was disbanded before the vote. Lawmakers from Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) took their seats as Heng Samrin, the parliament’s oldest member, was appointed as temporary prime minister yesterday.
Parliament will reconvene today for the formality of voting Hun Sen back in as prime minister, extending his 33-year rule over the country by another five years.
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