Cam­bo­di­ans change FB pro­file photos to sup­port govt

The Star Malaysia - - World -

PH­NOM PENH: Hun­dreds of Cam­bo­di­ans have changed their pro­file pic­tures on Face­book in sup­port of a gov­ern­ment cam­paign to show their in­ten­tion of choos­ing “sta­bil­ity” in gen­eral elec­tions, de­spite wide­spread con­cerns that the July vote will not be free or fair.

The cam­paign fol­lows a call this week by the now­dis­solved Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party (CNRP), urg­ing a boy­cott of the July 29 event as a “sham elec­tion” that would not re­flect the will of the peo­ple.

In­te­rior Min­istry of­fi­cial Huy Van­nak, who launched the cam­paign, said he came up with the idea of fea­tur­ing phrases such as “We go to vote to keep peace and sta­bil­ity in our na­tion” on the pro­files.

“This is called par­tic­i­pa­tory democ­racy,” he said yes­ter­day.

Crit­ics say the elec­tion will al­most cer­tainly hand vic­tory to Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen and ex­tend his 33­year rule.

He has cracked down on crit­ics, in­clud­ing the CNRP, which gar­nered sup­port from a new gen­er­a­tion of vot­ers dis­il­lu­sioned at what it sees as the cor­rup­tion that has stalked pol­i­tics. — Reuters

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