A deafening techno song blasted from speakers in Phnom Penh’s Wat Botum park on Friday where a crowd of CPP youth gyrated to the lyrics: “If you love, if you have compassion for, if you trust Samdech Hun Sen, please vote for the CPP.” “There’s Samdech Hun Sen, there’s development, real prosperity, and growth every day,” the song continued to the rapid beats of synthesized drums and bass. “Number four!” the dancers chanted in unison referencing the CPP’s place on the July 28 ballot paper; some waving flags in wild abandon goaded on by youth leaders with megaphones.
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