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Hun Sen is tempting fate in Cambodia's election

Prime minister's strong-arm tactics mask increased vulnerability

| Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attends a rally in Kandal Province in May.   © Reuters

Fair is foul and foul is fair in Cambodia ahead of its fifth general election since a United Nations-brokered peace agreement and a poll in 1993.

The more elections the country has held since then, the more authoritarian Cambodia has become. The long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen has been losing his electoral appeal, and has increasingly resorted to coercive methods to produce what now amounts to an elected dictatorship.

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