06/06/2017, 09.27
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Municipal elections in Cambodia, the government holds ground. Two major cities go to the Opposition

A significant test before the 2018 general election. About 7 million Cambodians vote, 89.52% of registered voters. Just over 51% of the popular vote went to Prime Minister Hun Sen Cpp; About 46% to Kem Sokha's Cnrp. Final official results will not be announced until June 25th. The election campaign marked by frequent warnings and government threats.

Phnom Penh (AsiaNews / Rfa) - Cambodia's ruling and opposition parties both claim victory in municipal elections held at the weekend, at least 20 days in advance of the official count of the highest electoral body in the country.

The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), won in 22 provinces, while the main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (Cnrp), won in the two major cities Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and in the province of Kompong Cham according to Fresh News, a news agency with links to the government.

Just over 7 million Cambodians, 89.52% of registered voters, voted in the municipal council elections, a record in what analysts point to as a significant test before the general election of 2018.

Preliminary results released by political parties indicate that little more than 51% of popular vote went to Prime Minister Hun Sen's CPP, while about 46% to Kem Sokha's CNRP. The CPP won 1163 of the 1646 communal councils, while CNRP won 482. A seat finally went to the Khmer National United Party, one of the ten other small parties that participated in the vote on  June 4.

The National Election Commission (NEC) said the final official results will not be announced until June 25, but preliminary results will be published between June 11 and 12 next.

The 14-day electoral campaign, which began on May 20, took place with relative calm, but was marked by the frequent warnings from Hun Sen. The chief of the executive, in government for almost 32 years, had warned that an Opposition victory in the just-concluded elections would have thrown Cambodia into chaos, instability and war.

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