Cambodia’s ‘One-Horse Race’ Election No Display of Political Pluralism

Cambodia’s July 23 election, which media described as a “one horse race,” ended with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) winning by a landslide.

Analysts correctly predicted that Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for 38 years, would pass the torch to his son Hun Manet, who heads Cambodia’s army.

On July 26, Hun Sen officially announced he was stepping down, and that Hun Manet would take over in three weeks. Hun Sen said he would continue to “control politics as the head of the ruling party.”

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