The European Union, the US and other Western countries refused to send observers, saying the election lacked the conditions to be considered free and fair
PM Hun Sen shows off his inked finger after voting. Pic/AP
Counting of ballots began on Sunday in Cambodia’s general election in which long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party is all but assured a landslide victory thanks to the effective suppression and intimidation of any real opposition. His critics say the process has made a farce of democracy in the Southeast Asian nation.
The European Union, the US and other Western countries refused to send observers, saying the election lacked the conditions to be considered free and fair. That left international officials from Russia, China and Guinea-Bissau to watch as Hun Sun voted shortly after the polls opened at 7 am on Sunday in his home district outside of the capital, Phnom Penh. After casting his vote, he, paused for selfies and shook hands with supporters.
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