Cambodians prepped for inevitable election results

Hun Sen’s one-sided re-election will ensure transfer of power.

About 9.7 million Cambodians go to the polls on July 23 for a one-sided election, which will secure Prime Minister Hun Sen’s absolute authority and an endorsement for a widely-anticipated transfer of power to his eldest son Hun Manet.

Only his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) — which has ruled since a Vietnamese invasion ousted the Khmer Rouge from power in 1979 — is capable of winning a contest bereft of competition since the disqualification of the main opposition party in May, amid a six-year crackdown on dissent.

A refusal by the National Election Committee (NEC) to endorse the election registration papers from the opposition Candlelight Party (CLP) has also raised the prospect of the CPP repeating its performance in 2018, when it won all 125 seats in the National Assembly.

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