Cambodia’s small parties aim for an electoral surprise

The 19 parties contesting the ruling CPP are obscure, unproven and under fire as 'puppet parties' but are running largely on progressive platforms.

Hang, a tuk tuk driver, is momentarily distracted from his smartphone as a rally of political supporters trundle down a main thoroughfare in Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital.

“I don’t know who they are,” he says when asked if he recognizes the party’s name, the Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP). When pressed on his opinion of the upcoming election to be held on July 29, he sums up a prevailing mood of the country: “I don’t know. I’m not interested this time.”

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