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Hun Sen's Cambodia

Cambodian leader tries legitimizing election by getting out the vote

Aggressive tactics make voters afraid to abstain from casting ballots

Cambodian workers are being pressured to give a veneer of democracy to their country's increasingly autocratic rulers. These workers are on their home after their shift at a footwear factory in Kampong Speu.   © Reuters

SA'ANG, Cambodia -- Closing in on a landslide victory, Cambodia's ruling party remains desperate to emerge from Sunday's polls as legitimate.

It has embarked on an aggressive get-out-the-vote campaign, the results of which can be felt here in Sa'ang. This district in Kandal Province, south of Phnom Penh, was once a bastion of support for Cambodia's now-outlawed main opposition party. It now finds itself permeated with fear.

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