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When a country has a strongman for a ruler, an army at his disposal, and control of the media, how can the people fight back?
Cambodia held elections last month, but the outcome was never in doubt. Prime minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won with ease, in what was widely considered a rigged contest. The only credible opposition party was dissolved last year on dubious charges.
Last month, Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen made made a strange demand ahead of his country’s general elections on July 29: Rival candidates, he said, must refrain from criticizing the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) he leads.
Cambodia holds general elections on Sunday (July 29). The result has never been in doubt.
In many countries, political incumbents feel threatened by get-out-the-vote efforts. Not so in Cambodia, where the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) faces no credible threat in national elections a month from now, and prime minister Hun Sen looks set to extend his rule of over three decades.