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Crowd burns car after voting ends in Cambodia

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 00:21

An angry crowd sets fire to a car outside a polling station house after voting ended Cambodia's general election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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An angry crowd set fire to a car outside a polling station in Phnom Penh just hours after the polls closed in Cambodia's general election on Sunday (July 28). Men were seen overturning police trucks and beating the them with wooden planks and sticks. They also set fire to the police trucks using the trucks' leaking gasoline tanks to fuel the fire. It is still unclear if anyone was injured or why the crowd was angry. Incumbent Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodia People's Party (CPP) were widely expected to win the majority of the 123-seat parliament, but preliminary results show the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in the lead. Hun Sen, 61, has held the post of prime minister for 28 years, bringing stability after civil war and the genocidal regime of the Khmer Rouge in the 1970's. But his critics, both in Cambodia and abroad, have questioned the country's democracy due to his uninterrupted and unchallenged leadership; portraying him as an authoritarian figure with a questionable human rights record. In the run-up to the 2013 polls, U.S. senators put pressure on Cambodia, calling for a freeze on U.S. aid to the country if the election was not credible. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was allowed to return from self-exile in France soon after to campaign for the CNRP. Preliminary poll results are expected later in the evening on Sunday. The official results are not likely for a month.

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Crowd burns car after voting ends in Cambodia

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 00:21