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Hun Sen's Cambodia

Cambodian ruling party claims near clean sweep in election

Hun Sen's CPP says it won up to 123 of 125 contested seats

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen waves to supporters in Phnom Penh on July 27, the final day of the election campaign. (Photo by Akira Kodaka) 

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's ruling party on Monday said it won up to 123 of the 125 parliamentary seats up for grabs in Sunday's election, which was held without the biggest opposition party.

"We got 77.5% of the votes," Sok Eysan, a spokesman for the ruling Cambodian People's Party, told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Based on our calculation, we won a maximum of 123 seats." He said 4.8 million people, out of 8.3 million registered voters, cast their ballots for the CPP.

The National Election Committee is set to announce the official results by mid-August.

Twenty parties contested the election but none was a viable competitor to Prime Minister Hun Sen's CPP. The Cambodia National Rescue Party -- the largest opposition group, which had made gains in the previous 2013 election -- was forced to disband after a controversial court order in November.

Former CNRP members urged supporters to boycott the election, but turnout was recorded at 82.89%, higher than the 70% in 2013, according to twice-revised figures from the election committee.

The committee, dominated by CPP members, also announced that 596,000 votes were invalid. This accounts for 8.6% of the 6.94 million ballots cast, much higher than the less than 2% in the previous two national elections.

Western countries were quick to condemn the election and the government's crackdown on dissent. The U.S. called the election "flawed," while Canada described it as "undemocratic."

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