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Signal of discontent amid win for Hun Sen's party

Surge in invalid votes; US, EU say election fails to reflect public will

Cambodian workers folding a poster with portraits of Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) and President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin after the national elections in the country on Sunday.
Cambodian workers folding a poster with portraits of Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) and President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin after the national elections in the country on Sunday.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

When the voter turnout for Cambodia's general election crossed the 80 per cent mark on Sunday, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of caretaker prime minister Hun Sen wasted no time wielding the figure in its war of narratives against opposition exiles who had called for a boycott.

"The high voter turnout rate clearly illustrates the enthusiasm and political rights of the Cambodian people in strengthening a multi-party democracy," the party's central committee declared in a statement.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2018, with the headline 'Signal of discontent amid win for Hun Sen's party'. Subscribe