Cambodia’s political system has become less democratic and human rights have become more curtailed as Prime Minister Hun Sen bolsters his strength through influence and intimidation, particularly ahead of the July 28 national election, according to a new report on U.S.-Cambodia relations prepared last week for the U.S. Congress. The report cites opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s inability to participate in the election, incomplete and flawed voter lists, the National Election Committee’s close ties with the ruling CPP and the recent decision by the government to expel 27 opposition legislators from the National As*sem*bly, an action which was quickly condemned by
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