July 30, 2013
WASHINGTON — The United States voiced concern on Monday about reports
of irregularities in Cambodia's weekend elections and called for a
"We urge all parties and their supporters
to continue to act in an orderly and peaceful manner in the
post-election period," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
Cambodian opposition rejected the results of the polls even though it
made significant gains, saying it had been robbed of victory over
strongman Premier Hun Sen.
"We are concerned by numerous reported
irregularities in the electoral process," Psaki said, adding that
Washington had long called on Phnom Penh "to address systemic flaws such
as problems in the voter registry and unequal access to the media."
"We call for a transparent and full investigation of all credible reports of irregularities," Psaki told reporters.
was the worst election result for Cambodia's ruling party since 1998,
after the opposition was emboldened by the return from exile of its
leader Sam Rainsy, even though he was barred from running.
Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) announced late Sunday it had taken
an estimated 68 out of the 123 seats in the lower house, against an
increased 55 for the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
"We believe that, of course, the Cambodian people should have confidence in the outcome of the election," Psaki added.