‘Victory day’: Cambodia heir leads final rally ahead of one-sided election

Cambodian leader Hun Sen’s son and chosen successor, Hun Manet, held a final rally ahead of the one-sided elections. Critics condemn the lack of credible opposition, ensuring a majority win for the ruling party. Supporters back Hun Manet’s leadership, but analysts doubt significant changes under his rule.

Cambodia’s tiny opposition fighting for democracy in one-sided vote

The Grassroots Democratic Party in Cambodia faces an uphill battle in the one-sided election against the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, widely seen as a sham. Other opposition parties have been sidelined or co-opted by the ruling party. Critics argue that Cambodia is becoming a one-party state under Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-standing rule.

Main Cambodia opposition party excluded from July polls

Cambodia’s National Election Committee has refused to register the main opposition party, the Candlelight Party (CP), for the upcoming national elections. The move effectively paves the way for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to compete uncontested. Critics argue that Hun Sen uses the legal system to suppress opposition, and the CP plans to appeal the decision. With key opposition figures facing disqualification and criminal cases, and opposition activists defecting to the ruling party, Cambodia’s path to plural-party democracy is increasingly uncertain.