Hun Sen’s dynasty consolidates grip on power

Cambodia's ruling party has won the Senate election, paving the way for strongman Hun Sen to act as its president. The victory allows the Hun family dynasty to capture all of Cambodia's political institutions.

After Cambodia’s ruling party won 55 of the 58 available seats in the Senate following elections on February 25, former prime minister Hun Sen is expected to make his return to front-line politics as the upper chamber’s new president, according to preliminary results announced on Monday by the National Election Committee.


Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) now controls almost all seats in both chambers of parliament, as well as all but four of the country’s 1,652 commune chiefs.

Senate elections are indirect, with 58 senators elected by more than 11,000 commune councilors and National Assembly lawmakers. National Assembly lawmakers and King Norodom Sihamoni appoint two more senators each.

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