After an apparent landslide victory for the ruling Cambodian
People's Party, long-running Prime Minister Hun Sen will have another term in
office, an "impact to national prestige," opposition leader Sam
Rainsy said Wednesday.
"The CPP has held power for 29 or 30 years," he
said, comparing it to authoritarian regimes around the world.
CPP lawmaker Chiem Yeap discounted the remarks, saying the
election had the support of international observers and was smoother than
"How can [the government] be authoritarian, as we have
the National Assembly, government, Senate, people as voters and other
institutions," he said. "Our leaders need face too. We will not give
hopelessness to people who voted for us.