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Hun Sen's Cambodia

Aid to Cambodia tops $20bn, but 'democratic society' still far off

Political repression by strongman Hun Sen puts further support in jeopardy

A supporter of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Assembly President Heng Samrin wears stickers of the leaders ahead of last month's election.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Cambodia has received $20.68 billion in foreign aid since the early 1990s to build a democratic society following decades of unrest, but this support may be in jeopardy as Prime Minister Hun Sen turns the country into essentially a one-party state.

The aid came to the Southeast Asian nation in the form of grants and loans from donors including individual countries and the European Union as well as international and nongovernmental organizations between 1992 and 2017, according to a committee of the contributing states.

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