Cambodia’s main opposition party banned from election

Ruling party now expected to win every seat at upcoming poll in July.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC) has banned the main opposition Candlelight Party from contesting the July 23 polls, paving the way for the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen to again win every seat in the National Assembly.

According to analysts, the NEC ruling on May 15 will guarantee a repeat performance of the 2018 election to keep intact Cambodia’s status as an absolute one-party state.

“We are now looking at a repeat of what happened in 2018,” said one analyst, who declined to be named, and added, “This country’s democratic values have evaporated.”

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