Cambodia confirms ruling party landslide victory in polls

Cambodia’s National Election Committee on Sunday issued official results from this month’s local polls that confirmed a landslide victory by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party.

The results showed the Cambodian People’s Party receiving 74.3 percent of the votes, and the opposition Candlelight Party about 22.3 percent. It meant that the CPP won 1,648 of the country’s 1,652 commune chief positions, and the Candlelight Party the remaining four.

The CPP has held an iron grip on power for decades, and has the huge advantage of controlling almost every level of government. Its opponents are less organized, with fewer resources and fearful of intimidation.

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