Watchdog Says Cambodia Headed for One-Party State – Radio Free Asia

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Cambodia is on the road to authoritarianism and its political processes are backsliding, an election monitoring group said Tuesday ahead of a national election in July which the opposition says will not be free and fair.

The Committee for Free and Fair Elections (Comfrel) warned in its annual report that Cambodia’s democracy is “increasingly fragile” and that th electoral process is excluding opposition and dissenting voices ahead of the election.

With the country under dominant control of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), the political process “showed trends towards authoritarianism,” Comfrel said.

Comfrel Director Koul Panha warned that the CPP’s domination would mar the vote, saying court officials, the armed forces, and the police are under the party’s control and the civil service lacks impartiality and independence.

“I am worried about this political trend that is leading the country to a fragile democratic process. Cambodia is heading toward a one-party state,” he told RFA’s Khmer Service.

“This means that military, police, and judicial officers will not be impartial during the elections.”

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2 Responses to Watchdog Says Cambodia Headed for One-Party State – Radio Free Asia

  1. Ray's Mom says:

    You just described the trend in the US

  2. Pingback: 115 Days till Election Day. | Cambodia Elections 2013

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