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Cambodian poll campaign nears end, rights group calls it flawed

Published on Jul 26, 2013 5:58 PM
 
Supporters cheer as they wait for Mr Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (Cnrp), to speak on the final day of campaigning before elections in Phnom Penh on Friday, July 26, 2013. Cambodia's political parties hit the streets on Friday in a final push for votes in Sunday's general election, but a rights group said the campaign had been biased in favour of Prime Minister Hun Sen's party, widely expected to retain power. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - Cambodia's political parties hit the streets on Friday in a final push for votes in Sunday's general election, but a rights group said the campaign had been biased in favour of Prime Minister Hun Sen's party, widely expected to retain power.

Mr Hun Sen has been premier for 28 years, bringing stability after years of war and the genocidal late-1970s regime of the Khmer Rouge but, his critics say, he has shown disdain for democracy through intimidation of opponents and electoral fraud.

In a statement on Friday, US-based Human Rights Watch listed a series of problems that had marred the campaign, which officially ends at midnight on Friday.

Among the problems it found were unequal access to media for the opposition, the manipulation of voters lists and campaigning by officers of the security forces for the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP).

 
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