Cambodia election: Ruling party secures all seats

Cambodia's ruling party won all seats in July vote-election commission

Cambodia's ruling party won all seats in July vote-election commission

The National Election Committee confirmed Wednesday the Cambodian People's Party won all 125 seats in the National Assembly in the July 29 vote.

"The CPP won 4.8 million votes from the sixth mandate of the National Assembly members election and that won all 125 parliamentary seats", Dim Souvannarom told Reuters by telephone.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the U.S. will expand visa restrictions imposed late previous year on high-ranking Cambodians "responsible for the most notable anti-democratic actions" taken in the run-up to the elections, which she called "flawed".

The vote itself also has been questioned since the CNRP had called for a voter boycott, but the official turnout was a high 83 percent. The country's largest opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, was ordered by a court to dissolve and thus barred from taking part.

He said on Wednesday that a new parliament and a new government will be formed on September 5 and 6, respectively. The new Government will meet for the first time a day later.

"The CPP is leading the nation to a one-party state with one man making all decisions for the entire nation through a sham election rejected by democratically elected governments", Mu Sochua told Reuters.

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments overseas to put more pressure on Hun Sen.

Western governments have decried the election and the US State Department on Wednesday announced an expansion of visa restrictions to include Cambodians responsible for a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to the "flawed" vote.

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Hun Sen has held onto power for decades through a complex mix of development dollars and alliances in the police, army and courts.

General elections have been held in Cambodia every 5 years since the end of civil wars in 1993.

Hun Sen, now 66 (pictured above), defected in the 1970s from the Khmer Route regime as a commander and went on to install himself as prime minister in 1985 at the age of 32.

"I don't care about having a one-party parliament".

Sam Rainsy, a co-founder of the CNRP, said in a statement after the official results were released that the election was "fake" and compared the victory to polls in communist and authoritarian states. "There were no independent and credible observers and no CNRP representatives to monitor this election".

Hun Sen's party was alarmed by the results of the last general election in 2013, when the race was close enough for the opposition to claim that it would have won had it not been for manipulation of the voter registration process.

John Cavanaugh, who was serving as Cambodia country director for the National Democratic Institute when Hun Sen expelled the group during the sweeping crackdown past year, told AFP that hardline regimes often get tough on dissent before voting.

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