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Hun Sen ‘Willing to Do Anything to Cling to Power’: Analysts

Cambodia’s local commune elections held earlier this month saw a nearly 90 percent turnout of registered voters, an increase on previous years that was noted by speakers at a recent forum held in Washington organized by the Stimson Center. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party won more than 400 seats out of 1,646, from only 40 in the 2012 elections. Brian Eyler, the Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia program director, said it was rare to see such a high turnout in a democracy, which showed that Cambodian’s were eager to exercise their democratic rights.