In absence of opposition, all Senate seats in election go to premier Hun Sen
The CPP has won all 58 seats in the upper house, in the votes open only to local administrators. In November, the Supreme Court had dissolved the CNRP opposition party. More than 5 thousand local representatives and opposition district councillors have been removed from their positions and their right to vote has been denied.
Phnom Penh (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Cambodia's People Party (CPP), the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen (photo), 32 years in government, has won all the seats made available in the Senate elections held last weekend . Voting took place three months after the Supreme Court ordered the dissolution of the main opposition political formation, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).
The National Electoral Commission (NEC) declares that the CPP won all 58 seats in the upper house, in elections open only to local legislators, with a total of 11,670 votes cast out at 11,695.
In anticipation of the general elections scheduled for July, the Supreme Court ruling in November, ordering the dissolution of the CNRP for an alleged conspiracy, has banned 118 parliamentarians and senior opposition officials from politics for five years. More than 5 thousand local CNRP representatives and district councillors were removed from their positions and denied their right to vote in the elections two days ago.
The Lower House of Cambodia, the National Assembly, has meanwhile reassigned the parliamentary seats of the CNRP to the party of Hun Sen and three small political parties aligned to the government. In addition, local elected officials in the CNRP were forced to go to the CPP or renounce their positions.