How will the world respond to Cambodia’s election charade?



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, writes Council on Foreign Relations analyst Joshua Kurlantzick.

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 his new World Politics Review article.

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