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Authoritarian Regime Won: Opposition


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 elections past.

"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.

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