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After Cambodia’s general election, disruption to critical garment sector unlikely unless EU suspends preferential trade access

31 July 2018

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On 30 July, Cambodia’s National Election Commission (NEC) stated the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) had won 123 of 125 parliamentary seats and 77.5% of votes in last week’s general election, in which there was no significant opposition.

The NEC claimed an 82% turnout, despite exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsey’s appeal for supporters to boycott the election. But Central, a prominent local rights group, reported at least seven major polling stations were “quieter” than in the 2013 general and 2017 local elections. The election was strongly criticised by the US, EU, Australia, Canada – it was not officially observed by teams from any of them – and all remaining opposition parties in Cambodia.

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