Cambodia’s Rural/Urban Divide Defines Issues

The differences between Cambodians are growing and may play a role in the July 29 election.

Cambodia is a young country, with some 65 percent of the population under the age of 30. Most of its people live in rural areas. And most of the rural areas are poor.

Against that backdrop, political power in the country has shifted away from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which has gained more chiefs and council members in local commune elections while picking up seats in the National Assembly.

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