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The Cambodian opposition Monday called on the international community to reject the results of Sunday's election which ended with a victory of the ruling party and long-serving Prime Minster Hun Sen.
The demonstrations marked the last push by the opposition to lobby for a boycott of the vote following the party’s dissolution by the Cambodian People’s Party-controlled Supreme Court in November.
The Cambodian government has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) to block the websites of 15 news websites of independent outlets including Voice of America for two days before and during the country’s election.
Many Cambodians support the CPP due to its investment in numerous local development projects.
A VOA Khmer investigation in April found evidence of large-scale troop movements in late 2017 from the highly militarized provinces of Oddar Meanchey and Preah Vihear to Siem Reap province.
The CPP has used many slogans during its campaign, including perhaps the most ubiquitous: “A CPP Win Means the Whole of Cambodia Wins”.
At dawn on the newly-paved Hun Sen Boulevard in the south of Phnom Penh, tens of thousands of members of the League for Democracy Party (LDP) are making themselves heard.
Human Rights Watch and the International Federation for Human Rights said in a statement that the election would pave the way for Hun Sen to cement his uncontested power in Cambodia.
Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the foreign affairs committee, said: “The people of Cambodia deserve far better than the Hun Sen’s despotism.”
Under the election laws of Cambodia, preventing someone from voting can carry a fine of up to about $5,000.
Amnesty International on Wednesday joined calls for the Cambodian government and participating political parties in the general election on Sunday to commit to respecting human rights during the election period and its aftermath.
Cambodia was categorized as a least developed nation until several years ago.
Cambodians vote Sunday for all 125 seats in the country's National Assembly, with Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party largely expected to stay in power. The party has won the four previous elections, held at five-year intervals.
The Cambodian government has criticized Rhona Smith, the U.N. human rights rapporteur to the country after she questioned the targeting of election boycott campaigners by the authorities.
VOA Khmer's Aun Chhengpor recently sat down with Suos Yara, a CPP lawmaker, and spokesman, to talk about the ruling party’s definition of electoral democracy.
Tycoon Rejects Global Witness Campaign Highlighting Elite Interests Set to Benefit from CPP Election...
A leading Cambodian businessman accused by NGO Global Witness of profiting from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s rule has hit back at the anti-corruption group’s call for sanctions to be imposed on a small group of politically connected tycoons.
The government has ordered authorities to arrest anyone who uploads images on social media as part of an opposition election boycott campaign.
Khen Srey Touch, 27, is one of some 700,000 workers propping up Cambodia's vital garment and footwear industry, and works about 10 hours a day, six days a week, sewing different parts of shoes together. VOA Khmer's Chap Chetra narrates this report by Reuters.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies report found that the Cambodian courts were the main tool used by the authorities to clamp down on civil society groups the authorities saw as challenging.
The leaders pointed to the One Belt, One Road initiative, a Chinese initiative that will connect the economies of Southeast Asia with large infrastructure projects.