For China-backed Prime Minster dictator Hun Sen it was meant to be another spectacularly shameless election fraud, sadly it hasn’t quite worked out that way. Only a few hours after the polls closed, with 40 per cent of the vote counted it appeared the opposition was ahead taking Phnom Penh’s 12 seats as well as regional seats no one expected. Then TV stopped reporting results and word on the street was troops had moved into the capital after protests at polling stations earlier in the day as many voters found they had been removed from the electoral roll or told they had already voted. At least one police car was torched.
The Cambodian National Rescue Party initially claimed victory but lacked the hard numbers to back up the claim. We spoke to a spokesperson from the Cambodian Council for Free and Fair Elections just after 8pm this evening, they were still tallying but not commenting until a press conference at 10.30 Monday morning.
According to the English-language Cambodian Daily
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith announced on his Facebook page at 7:40 p.m. Sunday that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has won the national election, but with a severely reduced majority.
According to unofficial results in a post on Mr. Kanharith’s Facebook page, the CPP won the election with 68 seats to 55 seats for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
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