Hun Sen confirmed as Cambodia’s election winner

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Cambodia monksCambodia’s election commission announced on September 8 that its official result showed the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), won the July 28 election.

The National Election Committee said the CPP won 68 seats and the opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), won 55 seats, with 3.2 million votes cast for the CPP against 2.9 million for CNRP.

The result, though widely expected, was immediately rejected by the CNRP, which for weeks has demanded an independent probe into alleged polling fraud culminating in mass protest in Phnom Penh on September 7. The CNRP said after the result was announced that it would not drop its demand for an investigation.

The announcement, which was carried on state television and radio, came after the election committee and the Constitutional Council – the country’s highest judicial body – rejected the opposition’s complaints. Both bodies are widely seen as beholden to the ruling party.

“We will not recognise any result proclaimed by the election committee,” said opposition leader Sam Rainsy, adding it was “no surprise” the government-appointed election board would announce a victory for Hun Sen’s party.

“We will continue to protest all over the country, not only in Phnom Penh. Protests will take the form of marches,” he said.

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Cambodia’s election commission announced on September 8 that its official result showed the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), won the July 28 election.

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Cambodia monksCambodia’s election commission announced on September 8 that its official result showed the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), won the July 28 election.

The National Election Committee said the CPP won 68 seats and the opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), won 55 seats, with 3.2 million votes cast for the CPP against 2.9 million for CNRP.

The result, though widely expected, was immediately rejected by the CNRP, which for weeks has demanded an independent probe into alleged polling fraud culminating in mass protest in Phnom Penh on September 7. The CNRP said after the result was announced that it would not drop its demand for an investigation.

The announcement, which was carried on state television and radio, came after the election committee and the Constitutional Council – the country’s highest judicial body – rejected the opposition’s complaints. Both bodies are widely seen as beholden to the ruling party.

“We will not recognise any result proclaimed by the election committee,” said opposition leader Sam Rainsy, adding it was “no surprise” the government-appointed election board would announce a victory for Hun Sen’s party.

“We will continue to protest all over the country, not only in Phnom Penh. Protests will take the form of marches,” he said.

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