Cambodian ruling party wins poll

2013-09-08 09:00
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. (Khem Sovannara, AP)

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. (Khem Sovannara, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's election committee on Sunday handed victory in hotly disputed polls to the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, prompting a defiant opposition to vow further protests over allegations of widespread poll fraud.

The kingdom has been stuck in political impasse since the July poll, with the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of strongman Hun Sen adamant it won a legitimate victory despite vociferous calls from opposition leader Sam Rainsy for a probe into the alleged ballot fraud.

The CPP took 68 seats to 55 for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, according to the country's National Election Committee.

The election authority also confirmed that the CPP won 3.2 million votes nationally to the CNRP's 2.9 million.

It is the ruling party's worst election result since 1998, losing 22 seats since the last polls five years ago, and represents a significant inroad by the opposition.

But the NEC's announcement ends the legal avenues open to the opposition to contest the poll, despite its allegations that fraud distorted the result and a mass rally of some 20 000 supporters on Saturday calling for an independent probe.

Rainsy on Sunday moved quickly to reject the NEC's tally, insisting the loss would not blunt his party's efforts to overturn the poll, despite the official end of the appeal process.

"We do not accept results that do not reflect the real will of the people. These are the results of voter fraud," he told AFP.

Read more on:    cambodia

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.