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United States Criticizes ‘Flawed’ Cambodian Elections


Washington: The US government on Sunday criticized Cambodia’s July 29 parliamentary elections, in which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party won a large majority to renew its mandate. The CPP swept Sunday’s general election, but there were doubts over the victory’s legitimacy after the country’s highest court outlawed and dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party last year, allowing Hun Sen to essentially run unopposed, Efe reported. “The flawed elections, which excluded the country’s principal opposition party, represent the most significant setback yet to the democratic system enshrined in Cambodia’s Constitution,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said in a statement. (IANS)