Cambodia held the opening session of its National Assembly on Wednesday, drawing scorn from political observers and members of the public who dismissed the now one-party legislature as illegitimate following an election widely seen as unfree and without the participation of the country’s opposition.
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has said that party candidates who contested in the July 29 general election won all 125 parliamentary seats in a landslide victory that also secured another five-year term for strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen to add to his 33 years in office.
The new lawmakers were sworn in by King Norodom Sihamoni who presided over the opening session of parliament, attended by Hun Sen, foreign ambassadors, and representatives of non-governmental organizations.
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