Cambodia’s local elections: Authoritarian government clamps down on opposition
By France 24
02 June 2017 | 4:31 pm
This week, we head to Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia where former Khmer Rouge fighter Hun Sen has been in power for more than 30 years.
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The threat of not being eligible for office for the next two decades hangs over the opposition lawmakers who were considering a boycott of the national ballot.
Cambodia's authoritarian prime minister and his party face little opposition in upcoming elections and access to free media in the country remains restricted.
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