It has been a decade since Prime Minister Hun Senís ruling CPP has had to consider compromise with another political party. For 11 months following the national election in 2003, there was a political stalemate when the CPP, unable to form a government after winning on*ly 73 Na*tional Assem*bly seats, had to negotiate with either Funcinpec or the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) to form a coalition government. Finally, an agreement was struck with Funcinpec in June 2004 that saw the CPP cede control of nine ministries, including the Ministries of Health, Edu*cation and Tourism, along with the State Secretariat of
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