Monday, August 5, 2013

Cambodia Polls Show Political Maturity, Democratic Progress: DPM

Aug 5, 2013
PHNOM PENH (Bernama) -- Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said Cambodia's recent general election on July 28 reflects the country's democratic process and political maturity of Cambodians, Xinhua news agency reported.

At a meeting with outgoing German Ambassador to Cambodia Wolfgang Moser, Hor Namhong said the country's election was conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner with over 68 percent of Cambodians coming out to cast their ballots.

Moser congratulated the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) on its victory in the election and said Germany would further promote bilateral ties and cooperation with Cambodia.

Initial poll results showed the CPP of Prime Minister Hun Sen won 68 parliamentary seats and main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) led by exiled leader Sam Rainsy obtained the remaining 55 seats.

Hun Sen, who has been in power for 28 years, will be able to extend his governance by five more years with his latest victory.

A new National Assembly will be established not later than 60 days after the polls.

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