>> Cambodia's ruling CPP party has said it's the winner in a general election that rights group say was neither free nor fair. Prime minister Hun Sen has already ruled for more than three decades, and now he's set to govern for another five-year term. This election has been marred by controversy, with no real opposition to speak of, Hun Sen was wildly expected to win.
And while voter turnout was over 80%, authoroties had warned Cambodians that anyone who didnt vote would be seen as a traitor. As a result, the opposition called for a voting boycott. The main opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, narrowly lost the last general election in 2013. The party was dissolved last year, and it's leader, Kem Sokha, imprisoned on treason charges.
Many of its members now live in self-imposed exile. Critics have called for targeted sanctions against the government, following its pre-election crackdown. Sen was a former Khmer Rouge commander, who eventually defected from Pol Pot's murderous regime. Since then, he's strengthened ties with China, who's backed his campaign by announcing key infrastructure projects in the last three weeks.
A CPP spokesman said the party won an estimated 100 out of 125 parliamentary seats. After the polls closed on Sunday, Sen went on Facebook to thank Cambodians for voting and, quoite, choosing the path of democracy.