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Cambodia goes to the polls

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 - 01:08

July 28 - Voting kicks off in the Cambodian general election in which Asia's longest-serving prime minister is likely to be handed another five years in power. Sarah Charlton reports.

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Asia's longest serving prime minister casts his vote as Cambodia goes to the polls. Voting began early on Sunday (July 28) in a general election marred by claims of irregularities by the opposition. Prime Minister Hun Sen is likely to add another five years to a stay in power that's already 28 years long. But he faces an energised opposition. Banned from the ballot box, opposition leader Sam Rainsy toured the capital instead of casting a vote. He returned to Cambodia from self-imposed exile, but has not been allowed to vote or run as a candidate. The opposition believes nearly a million names are missing from polling lists. They say they're ready to fight for a true democracy. Political analysts believe a stronger opposition may dent the ruling party's majority in parliament. But not enough to bring about a change. Early results are expected on Sunday and official details released in a month's time.

Cambodia goes to the polls

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 - 01:08

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