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Cambodia: early election counts show gains for opposition

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Cambodia: early election counts show gains for opposition

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Polling has finished in Cambodia’s general election.

Vote counts from some polling stations show gains for the opposition National Rescue Party (CNRP.) The full results could take several weeks.

Voting was generally peaceful, although some scuffles were reported with voters complaining about irregularities.

The opposition had previously complained of vote-rigging by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for 28 years. The CNRP alleged electoral lists were manipulated to give the CPP more votes.

The US-based Human Rights Watch said in a statement ahead of the poll that an intimidating atmosphere had been created for voters by the “partisanship of the military and police”.