|A poster of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) is seen as a labourer works at a construction side in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Samrang Pring|
Parties campaign on final day before Cambodia vote, PM set to extend rule
Reuters | 27 July 2018
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodians began a last day of electoral campaigning on Friday ahead of a general election at the weekend that will likely hand victory to Prime Minister Hun Sen and extend his 33-year rule.
Sunday’s general election will be Cambodia’s sixth since it emerged from decades of war in 1993, but many fear the vote will be a sham following a crackdown on critics by Hun Sen.
Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in November over allegations it was involved in a plot to topple the government, banning many lawmakers from politics for five years.
The party denies the accusation. Most CNRP leaders have since fled abroad.
Hun Sen and his allies have also launched a crackdown against civil society and independent media.