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Hun Sen voted in by one-party parliament

    7 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Hun Sen voted in by one-party parliament

PHNOM PENH: Strongman Hun Sen was formally installed as Cambodia’s prime minister for a new term on Thursday, after securing all 125 seats in an uncontested vote that was derided internationally, reports AFP.

The 66-year-old will preside over a new era of one-party rule in the Southeast Asian nation after the election in July—criticised by Western democracies as unfair—handed his ruling Cambodian People’s Party all 125 seats.

The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the only credible opposition, was dissolved in the run-up to the vote with government dissenters and activists arrested.

Parliament reconvened on Thursday for the formality of voting Hun Sen back in as prime minister, extending his 33-year rule over the country by another five years.

All 125 lawmakers voted by raising their hands to endorse members of Hun Sen’s new government, which includes ministers from the previous term.