Sunday’s national election was proclaimed “free and fair” by the 291 international observers invited by the National Election Com*mittee (NEC) to monitor the ballot—despite allegations of serious irregularities. Although the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) made con*siderable gains, winning 55 of the 123 National Assembly seats, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) held on to 68 seats, a majority that the observers—who reportedly had their expenses covered by the ruling party—said should be respected by all parties. “We consider the election in Cambodia as a triumph of popular will and a victory of the Cambodian people in their quest
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