By Thitinan Pongsudhirak
The Bangkok Post-Aug 3
It was always a foregone conclusion that Cambodia’s incumbent government of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) were going to win the July 29 election. Yet some observers anticipated a modicum of feigned legitimacy whereby a handful of smaller parties would gain a few seats in the National Assembly. Not bothering with any semblance of legitimacy, the CPP has apparently claimed all 125 parliamentary seats. Cambodia now has an elected dictatorship, naked and bare, in mockery of what passes as a free and fair election anywhere and in defiance of global democratic aspirations.
First published in: Bangkok Post