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Hun Sen's Cambodia

Cambodians pushed to head home to boost election turnout

Apathy spreads as one-horse race lacks excitement of hard-fought 2013 poll

Commuters wait to buy tickets at a Phnom Penh bus station on July 28, the first day of a three-day weekend ordered by the government in an attempt to get people to show up at their local polling stations. (Photo by Yukako Ono) 

PHNOM PENH -- Thousands of people heading back to their hometowns flocked to bus stations around Cambodia's capital on Saturday, a day before a general election in which only one metric has come to matter -- voter turnout.

Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party is sure to win now that its main opponent has been outlawed. So in this one-horse race, the prime minister of 33 years needs a high turnout to legitimize his party's assured victory.

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