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Crackdown and cash: Hun Sen's recipe for victory in Cambodian poll

26 July 2018

Hugging, smiling, and posing for selfies with a crowd of mostly female garment factory workers at a campaign rally, Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia was on a charm offensive. Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia for more than 30 years. 

He is trying to ensure victory after two close elections in 2013 and 2017 with cash inducements and a series of punishing measures against the opposition. Some have called for a boycott of the vote. But authorities, including a spokesman for Hun Sen's ruling CPP have said boycotting the vote is illegal and that action will be taken against those who urge others not to vote.