US resumes $18m aid  to Cambodia that was suspended for undermining democracy

The United States has resumed its foreign aid programmes of $18 million to Cambodia two months after suspension over allegation of ‘democratic repression’ during the latest elections.

A day after national elections in Cambodia in July, the US Department of State announced to pause $18 million in aid earmarked for the government of Cambodia. The US had also announced to impose visa bans on individuals who undermined democracy after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) declared a landslide victory in elections.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen, one of the world’s longest-ruling leaders, transferred power to his eldest son Hun Manet after the elections held in July. Cambodia’s national assembly officially elected Hun Manet as the country’s new prime minister.

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