Cambodia's strongman PM seeks to extend grip on power
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodians vote on Sunday in elections expected to extend strongman premier Hun Sen's 28-year authoritarian rule in the face of alleged poll irregularities and the exclusion of the opposition chief.
The former Khmer Rouge fighter appears so confident of victory that he did not even bother to personally campaign for the parliamentary polls.
Yet galvanised by the return from exile of their leader Sam Rainsy, his political foes have injected some rare competition into the race.
The opposition has also decried signs of voter fraud and warned the result will be meaningless without Mr Rainsy's participation.