In Whispers, Rural Cambodians Anxiously Contemplate Life in a One-Party State

The CPP won around 3,000 of 3,500 valid votes in Champey, according to results from the CPP-dominated National Election Committee.

Villagers in this rural rice-growing area are eager to discuss and debate the meaning of July’s landslide election victory for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, which left them living in what is essentially a one-party state.

They are especially anxious about the prospect of losing duty-free trade access to the European Union, a process set in motion after the election due to what the EU said were abuses of political and human rights in Cambodia.

But they are afraid to talk about these issues openly.

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