Japan’s ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP,) congratulated the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on its electoral success and pledged to help strengthen the counties’ relationship in a letter given to Hun Sen on Friday, August 10.
The letter was given to the Prime Minister by Masahiro Imamura (a member of Japan’s parliament) and signed by Toshihiro Nikai, the secretary-general of Japan’s LDP.
The letter reads: “I heartily congratulate you on your party’s overwhelming victory in the general election. I would like to express my profound respect for your leadership that has enabled Cambodia to come through an unfortunate period of war and advance steadily toward reconstruction and prosperity.”
It also stated that he intends to work with Hun Sen to establish an even stronger relationship between both countries.
The Foreign Ministry said that Cambodia was also congratulated by China, India, Russia, Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, the Philippines and Thailand.
The Khmer Anti-Poverty Party’s president, Kravanh Daran, held a video press conference declaring that he doesn’t recognize the election results. He deems the election neither free nor fair and will file a complaint with the National Election Committee (NEC). He called for re-election, with monitoring by the international community, and wants the US and the EU to sanction on the government.
The NEC’s preliminary results have the CPP getting 4.8 million votes, 77.78 percent of all valid ballots and 125 seats in the National Assembly.