Cambodia’s ruling CPP wins all seats in general elections

Cambodia’s ruling CPP wins all seats in general elections

Cambodia's election commission declared Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) outright victor Wednesday in all 25 provinces in the 29 July vote - the sixth since UN-overseen polls in 1993 as the nation emerged from genocide. Articles appear on for a limited time.

Phnom Penh. Cambodian leader Hun Sen has swept all seats in parliament after holding an election with no opposition, as the country settles into one-party rule and a government that could face questions of legitimacy on the world stage, reported AFP.

The former opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) will not be in the new National Assembly either, as it was banned ahead of the polls by the Supreme Court.

CNRP leader Kem Sokha was jailed on treason charges in September. He remains in pre-trial detention.

The results were in line with preliminary tallies and Hun Sen said in a speech earlier in the day that he would take suggestions from parties who contested the election on ideas to "build the country".

The royalist Funcinpec party of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who was once Hun Sen's main rival but is now aligned with the prime minister, came second in the election, winning 374,510 votes.

"The CPP is leading the nation to a one-party state with one man making all decisions for the entire nation through a sham election rejected by democratically elected governments", she told Reuters.

He said the National Election Committee was able to play tricks because the election body is under the ruling party's control.

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Western countries have voiced doubts about the validity of the latest election in Cambodia.

Voter turnout was 83%, the NEC said in a separate statement on Wednesday, up from 69.6% in the previous election in 2013.

The United States in December imposed visa restrictions on top Cambodian officials because of the anti-democratic actions taken in the lead-up to the elections, and it said after the vote it was disappointed by the "flawed elections".

Relations have soured between the U.S. and Cambodia in recent years.

However, Chinese President Xi Jinping sent his congratulations to Hun Sen, saying that Cambodia has achieved political stability, fast economic growth and remarkable success under his leadership.

NEC spokesman Dim Sovannarom said the CPP won all 125 parliamentary seats.

On his Facebook page, he said Wednesday that the vote totals were inflated by 2 million - purportedly cast in the names of people who did not go to the polls - and that all those votes were counted as being for the ruling CPP.

Sam Rainsy, the self-exiled founder of the opposition CNRP and Hun Sen's chief political nemesis, said the official voting results were fraudulent. "People have decided to choose peace, development and continue to democracy in the country", he said.

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