Op­po­si­tion claims strong show­ing in lo­cal elec­tions

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

PHNOM PENH | Cam­bo­dia’s op­po­si­tion claimed a strong show­ing in lo­cal elec­tions Sun­day that could shake Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen’s long­time grip on power.

Hun Sen re­peat­edly has warned of civil war if his Cam­bo­dian Peo­ple’s Party loses the ma­jor­ity in city and vil­lage coun­cils to the main op­po­si­tion party, which had made ma­jor gains in the gen­eral elec­tion four years ago, when it claimed it was cheated out of out­right vic­tory.

Sun­day’s polls could have a ma­jor im­pact on Cam­bo­dia’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape ahead of the 2018 gen­eral elec­tion.

Op­po­si­tion party spokesman Yim So­vann said his Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party won about 500 com­munes out of the coun­try’s 1,646.

He said his party re­ceived 46 per­cent of the vote, up from 30 per­cent in the last lo­cal elec­tions in 2012, while the rul­ing party got 51 per­cent, down from 62 per­cent in 2012.

“This is a huge vic­tory for the Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party,” Yim So­vann said at a news con­fer­ence.

Of­fi­cial re­sults will be an­nounced June 25.


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