Cambodia’s ruling party claims victory in vote opposition calls a ‘sham’

Voting officials in Cambodia count ballots Sunday.

Voting officials in Cambodia count ballots Sunday.

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party declared victory in a Sunday general election that opponents called a “sham.” The voting followed a months-long crackdown on the media, as well as the effective barring of the leading opposition group, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, from the campaign after a court ruled late last year that some of its leaders were plotting with foreigners to pull off a revolution. CNRP leader Kem Sokha was arrested on treason charges in September. The White House said the vote was “neither free nor fair and failed to represent the will of the Cambodian people.” The U.S. called on the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose CPP claimed to have won more than 100 of the 125 seats in Parliament, to end the ban on political opposition.

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