Cambodia election sweep cements Hun Sen family’s grip on power

Strongman's ruling party hit by claims of ballot buying and voter intimidation.

The Senate election win by former Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party on Sunday has cemented his family’s grip on power and his son’s premiership, after a vote that excluded the main opposition and was marred by allegations of voter intimidation.

The Cambodian People’s Party’s (CPP) comfortable victory will see 71-year-old Hun Sen sworn in as Senate president, six months after he stepped down from the prime minister’s role and handed the top job to his son, ex-Army commander Hun Manet.

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