The government reacted angrily yesterday to a statement from the European Union (E.U.) recommending that the National Election Committee (NEC) take steps to ensure next month’s national election is free and fair. The Foreign Ministry issued its irate missive rejecting the E.U.’s carefully worded statement, saying that Prime Minister Hun Sen had already laid down the foundations for an equal election come July 28.* The E.U.—which sent observers to the 2008 national election and subsequently issued recommendations to the government and the NEC—said it was important that “outstanding recommendations” from that mission be implemented, noting that a “transparent and
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