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Hun Sen's Cambodia

Hun Sen's party rebuffs election boycott calls with high turnout

Results' legitimacy questioned due to intimidation and other strong-arm tactics

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will have more power than he ever has before in his 33-year rule. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's ruling party won big in Sunday's general election, which despite calls for a boycott from officials of a forcibly dissolved opposition party had a higher voter turnout than the previous national election, back in 2013.

After polls closed at 3 p.m., the National Election Committee announced that 82.17% of the nation's 8.3 million registered voters had turned up to vote. The NEC revised the rate from an initially announced 80.49%.

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