Cambodia: Hun dynasty celebrates its victory despite international criticism

In Cambodia, Hun Manet, set to succeed his father Hun Sen as prime minister, on Sunday hailed the “overwhelming support” given to the ruling party in legislative elections, which Washington described as “neither free nor fair”. In a vote without doubt in the absence of a credible opposition, Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which has been in power for 38 years, claimed a “tidal wave” with at least 78% of the vote and should capture 120 of the 125 seats in the assembly, according to local media. As for his detractors, Hun Sen, who came to power in 1985, rolled back fundamental freedoms and used the judicial system to crush his opponents, jailing dozens during his tenure.

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