Heavy losses for Hun Sen in Cambodia election

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Cambodia ElectionsThe Cambodia elections held on July 28 brought massive gains for the opposition party, early results show. While Prime Minister Huns Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party, or CPP, won just 68 seats in the 123-member parliament – down from 90 -, opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s Cambodia National Rescue Party, or CNRP, reached 55 seats.

While Hun Sen will stay in power, the result is seen as a defeat of the CPP and a result of concerns over corruption and illegal land appropriation that fueled strong gains for the opposition. The CPP lost its comfortable two-third majority.

Sam Rainsy, who returned to the country earlier this month and was barred from standing in the election, called it a “historical day” for Cambodia.

The CPP has run the country since Vietnam ousted the Khmer Rouge in 1979. Hun Sen, 60, has served as prime minister in various coalitions since 1985, making him Asia’s second-longest serving leader in one of the region’s youngest countries, where more than half the 15 million people are under the age of 24. The polls were overshadowed by riots in the capital Phnom Penh.

Cambodia grew 7.2 per cent last year on higher consumption and investment, according to the Asian Development Bank. GDP is forecast to expand at the same pace in 2013 and 7.5 per cent in 2014.

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The Cambodia elections held on July 28 brought massive gains for the opposition party, early results show. While Prime Minister Huns Sen's Cambodian People’s Party, or CPP, won just 68 seats in the 123-member parliament - down from 90 -, opposition leader Sam Rainsy's Cambodia National Rescue Party, or CNRP, reached 55 seats. While Hun Sen will stay in power, the result is seen as a defeat of the CPP and a result of concerns over corruption and illegal land appropriation that fueled strong gains for the opposition. The CPP lost its comfortable two-third majority. Sam Rainsy, who returned to...

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Cambodia ElectionsThe Cambodia elections held on July 28 brought massive gains for the opposition party, early results show. While Prime Minister Huns Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party, or CPP, won just 68 seats in the 123-member parliament – down from 90 -, opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s Cambodia National Rescue Party, or CNRP, reached 55 seats.

While Hun Sen will stay in power, the result is seen as a defeat of the CPP and a result of concerns over corruption and illegal land appropriation that fueled strong gains for the opposition. The CPP lost its comfortable two-third majority.

Sam Rainsy, who returned to the country earlier this month and was barred from standing in the election, called it a “historical day” for Cambodia.

The CPP has run the country since Vietnam ousted the Khmer Rouge in 1979. Hun Sen, 60, has served as prime minister in various coalitions since 1985, making him Asia’s second-longest serving leader in one of the region’s youngest countries, where more than half the 15 million people are under the age of 24. The polls were overshadowed by riots in the capital Phnom Penh.

Cambodia grew 7.2 per cent last year on higher consumption and investment, according to the Asian Development Bank. GDP is forecast to expand at the same pace in 2013 and 7.5 per cent in 2014.

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