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Cambodia's Hun Sen claims election victory

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Cambodia's Hun Sen claims election victory


As widely expected, Cambodia’s ruling People’s Party has claimed a sweeping win in the country’s general election, winning around two-thirds of the available seats.

Hun Sen will remain as Prime Minister, a post the former Khmer Rouge guerrilla has held for 23 years.

Under his rule, Cambodia has become something of an economic success, which certainly boosted his campaign.

But he was also helped by a border row with Thailand over control of a 900-year old temple. Phnom Penh and Bangkok have sent troops to the border, but the clashes have been merely verbal, not military.

Voting passed off largely peacefully in a country where politics have often been marred by violence. However, Human Rights Watch said opposition candidates had been intimidated after accusing the government of corruption.

Official results are not expected until late on Monday.

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