The past two days have seen some of the most conspicuous displays of government control of the capital in years, with military and riot police being deployed to ensure the safety of ruling CPP lawmakers and leaders being sworn in to parliament in the absence of the boycotting opposition. Residents of Phnom Penh, many outraged at the swearing in of Mr. Hun Sen and his party amid the absence of 55 members of parliament, questioned Tuesday the legitimacy of a government formed behind such a security shutdown of parts of the city. “They are afraid,” said So Thy,
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