Even though the Cambodian People's Party has ruled Cambodia
for more than two decades and has now apparently won a landslide victory, the
International Republican Institute said Friday it was unclear of the path of
The outcome would depend on how the election disputes are
handled and whether the next government "feels it wants to pursue a
democratic path," said IRI's Cambodia country director, John
Willis. "A lot of things are in the hands of whoever wins the election and
whatever government is formed."
With an apparent 90 National Assembly seats won out of 123,
the ruling CPP will have a stronger hold on power, but CPP lawmaker Cheam Yiep
said Friday the government would not turn authoritarian.
grassroots democracy had improved, Willis said.
"Young people are getting more involved with
politics," he said.
"We see that a lot of people understand democracy from
year to year," said Ly Sothearayuth, a senior program officer for the
National Democratic Institute.