Hun Sen wins another one-horse race in Cambodia

Cambodian People’s Party dominates local commune elections against a fragmented and decimated political opposition.

Cambodia looks set to remain a one-party state as the country’s long-ruling party is expected to have won the vast majority of commune positions at Sunday’s election.

With more than 70% of the ballots tallied at the time of writing, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s People (CPP) had won all but three of the 820 commune chief posts with more than 70% of the popular vote. The party had most likely won the majority of the less powerful commune councilors’ posts as well.

The largest share of the popular vote the CPP ever won at local elections was in 2012, when it took 61.8%. Cambodians went to the polls on Sunday for the fifth iteration of local elections to select 1,652 commune chiefs and 11,622 commune councilors.

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