Cambodia opposition questions election results
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 17:09
After facing months of opposition and investigation, Cambodia’s July parliamentary election was ratified by the government’s state election board Sunday, securing Hun Sen’s position as Cambodia’s prime minister for at least another five years.
The National Election Committee declared on Sunday Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodia’s People Party won 68 National Assembly seats, with the opposition Cambodia Rescue Party winning 55 seats. Shortly after the election, tensions in the Southeast Asian country arose, with thousands of protesters calling for an independent investigation into the legality of the election.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has been in power for 28 years and has been criticized by the Human Rights Watch for interfering with Cambodia’s democratic process.
“In 2003, and again in 2008, Hun Sen and the CPP again dominated the electoral process,” John Sifton, Asian advocacy director of the Human Rights Watch, stated in a press release shortly before the election. “Then, as now, the CPP controlled appointments and membership of the National Election Committee, making it a deeply biased body.”
Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition party, said he would continue to call protest, despite the committee’s ruling.