Minister Touts ‘One-Party Parliament’ as Victory for Democracy

Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s environment minister, Say Samal, has touted an era of “one-party parliament” following the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s landslide victory at the polls on Sunday.

Samal made the comments in an op-ed published in a widely read local daily newspaper, Rasmei Kampuchea, owned by his father, Senate President Say Chhum.

Despite evidence of a widespread crackdown on Cambodians’ political freedoms in the run-up to the poll, including the banning of the country’s main opposition party, Samal said the election had been “free and fair.”

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