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Hun Sen's Cambodia

Cambodia's opposition enters Dark Ages as Hun Sen secures power

Disbanded party activists to confront hardship of increasingly authoritarian state

Prior to the election, members of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party were transported in a police vehicle to attend a verdict announcement in Phnom Penh on May 10.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- With Prime Minister Hun Sen firmly back in power after securing an expected victory in Cambodia's national election on Sunday, the future of opposition politicians has turned bleak in the increasingly authoritarian state.

Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party declared Monday it had won up to 123 of the 125 parliamentary seats up for grabs. Hours before the results were even announced, exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy branded the ballot a "senseless victory."

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