Cambodian Ruling Party Posts Complete Electoral Sweep

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has won all 125 parliamentary seats in last month’s election, which has been denounced by outlawed opposition forces as illegitimate.

The National Election Committee said Wednesday that voter turnout for the July 29 balloting was 83 percent, despite the absence of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was dissolved last year by the Supreme Court. Nineteen smaller parties participated in the election, but put up only token opposition.

The landslide victory by the Cambodian People’s Party ensures that Prime Minister Hun Sen will extend his 33-year grip on power once the new parliament convenes next month. He defended the elections as free and fair in a message posted on Facebook Wednesday, and praised Cambodians for choosing peace and development.

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