Xinhua | 2013-6-24
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday started to implement his
self-imposed discipline to remain silent during a month-long election
campaign for the general election on July 28.
campaign period from June 27 to July 26, I will not publicly appear to
do election campaign," the premier said in his last public speech during
the inauguration of a Buddhist temple's praying hall in eastern Kampong
However, he would closely monitor the upcoming election situation.
the premier appealed to all levels of authorities to maintain security
and public order in order to ensure a smooth, transparent, and
non-violent election campaign by all political parties.
1998, Hun Sen has stuck to his own principle not to deliver a speech
publicly during a one-month election campaign ahead of a general
election, which is held once in every five years.
scheduled to hold a general election on July 28, according to the
National Election Committee. Some 9.67 million Cambodians are eligible
to cast their ballots for the 123-seat parliament.
political parties will run in the election. Three major parties among
them are the ruling Cambodian People's Party of Hun Sen, the main
opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party led by self-exiled leader Sam
Rainsy, and the royalist Funcinpec Party headed by Princess Norodom Arun
Rasmey, the youngest daughter of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk.
the last election in 2008, Prime Minister Hun Sen's party won up to 90
seats, while the opposition totally won 29 seats, and the royalist group
won four seats.
Political analysts predict that Hun Sen's party will win a landslide victory in the upcoming polls.
Hun Sen, 61, has been in power for 28 years and vowed to stay in the office until he is 74.