Hun Sen’s power grab guided by Cambodian history

Leader's lurch to one-party rule may take some inspiration from China's example, but the more apt comparison is to ex-King Norodom Sihanouk's 'golden age' strongman era.

Cambodia has entered a new phase of one-party authoritarian rule, marking an end to the Southeast Asian nation’s dalliance with democracy. While many sense the country is taking a page from China’s strong state model, a reading of Cambodia’s own one-party history is a more useful guide.

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