Cambodian People’s Party’s landslide poll victory confirmed

ASEAN rights group says free and fair elections were impossible in a 'climate of persecution against the opposition'.

Cambodia’s long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won control of 1,648 communes in recent elections while the opposition Candlelight Party had to be satisfied with just four communes, according to official results.

The National Election Committee (NEC) said on June 26 that out of 11,622 contested council seats, the CPP of Prime Minister Hun Sen wrested 9,376 positions while the Candlelight Party, which has emerged from the remnants of the outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), won 2,198 seats.

The other seven political parties in the fray — FUNCINPEC, Khmer National United Party, Grassroots Democratic Party, Cambodian National Love Party, Cambodian Youth Party, Kampucheaniyum Party and the Beehive Social Democratic Party — scored minor places.

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