Cambodia’s Hun Sen hits out at election critics

Cambodia’s outgoing Prime Minister Hun Sen lashed out on Thursday at international criticism of elections his party won against no meaningful opposition, and defended his decision to hand power to his son as necessary to avoid bloodshed.


The 70-year-old has ruled Cambodia with an iron fist for nearly four decades but announced last week that he was stepping down for his son Hun Manet to take over as prime minister this month.

The move came after his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a landslide victory in an election last month condemned by the United States, the United Nations and the European Union as not free or fair.

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