Cambodia’s leader Hun Sen lays ground to pass power to his son

Long-ruling strongman has ensured his party faces no serious challenge in Sunday’s general election.

In July 2013, tuk-tuk driver Yem Vantith was a smiling face among a crowd of tens of thousands as he campaigned through the streets of Phnom Penh for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue party.


“I was hoping that our country would become a real democratic country, that we would get full freedom and our economy would improve,” said Vantith, 49, showing a photo of himself 10 years ago on the campaign trail, with his white hat, tie and autorickshaw all displaying the CNRP logo.

As Cambodia approaches a tightly controlled election for its lower house of parliament on Sunday, Vantith will not be trying to reprise such scenes.

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