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How Will the World Respond to Cambodia’s Election?

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends an inauguration of a new boat terminal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on August 1, 2018. Samrang Pring/Reuters

August 10, 2018

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends an inauguration of a new boat terminal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on August 1, 2018. Samrang Pring/Reuters
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The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), led by Prime Minister Hun Sen, now utterly dominates Cambodia. The party won control of the entire lower house of parliament in elections last month.

The full sweep—albeit in an unfree vote—is the culmination of Hun Sen’s increasingly brazen repression. Now, the key question is—with Cambodia having regressed politically, how will all of the country’s key actors, including Hun Sen, the remnants of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and other opposition forces, and key donors and other foreign countries, respond? For more on what the international community, the CNRP, and Hun Sen will do now, see my new World Politics Review article.

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