Five Cambodian Elections

A conversation with Gordon Conochie.

Scottish-born Gordon Conochie, an adjunct research fellow at La Trobe University in Melbourne, has just released his book, “A Tiger Rules the Mountain: Cambodia’s Pursuit of Democracy,” an honest look at the elections that the Southeast Asian nation has held over the last two decades.

He examines key moments in former Prime Minister Hun Sen’s consolidation of power, including the ousting of the royalist Funcinpec party in 1997 and the temporary departure of Chea Sim, then president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), from the country in 2004.

Other events that impacted on Cambodian elections range from Thailand’s crossborder incursions at Preah Vihear temple in 2008 and the merger of the Sam Rainsy Party with the Human Rights Party to form the Cambodian Nation Rescue Party (CNRP) in 2012.

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