Cambodia election 2013: support people, not parties

After Cambodia’s fifth general election on Sunday, DiA blogger Joe Buckley asks who really sticks up for the poor in the country’s political system

Who sticks up for Cambodia's poor? Photo by mistagrrr/ Creative Commons

Who sticks up for Cambodia’s poor? Photo by mistagrrr/ Creative Commons

On Sunday, Cambodia held its fifth ever general election. The winner is no surprise: Hun Sen, the rather authoritarian leader of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), remains as the county’s Prime Minister, extending his 28 year rule. But the number of seats that the CPP has in the National Assembly, Cambodia’s parliament, has been reduced significantly, from 90 to 68 out of 123. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the country’s main opposition, has won 55 seats. Continue reading