Lieutenant General Hun Manet attacked the former opposition CNRP on Monday, noting that the high voter turnout in the recent national election meant people no long believed in the dissolved party.
Lt Gen Manet, commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ army, said about 83 percent of voters cast ballots in the election, meaning that they wanted peace and no longer believed in the former opposition.
“People were so fed up as there were always violent protests,” he said. “The high voter turnout is clearly a a slap in the face for the former opposition party, the members of which tried to destroy peace.”
Lt Gen Manet also praised Prime Minister Hun Sen as he addressed about 2,000 monks in Takeo province, noting that he has ensured national reconciliation and peace.
He said people are living with good standards and are no longer being disrespected by outsiders.
The ruling CPP secured a landslide victory in the 2018 national election, garnering roughly 4.8 million votes and dwarfing all other parties, including the two closest competitors – the Funcinpec party with 373,526 votes and the League for Democracy Party with 308,292 votes.
The CPP managed to secure all 125 seats in the National Assembly.
Many countries, including China and Russia, issued statements of support for the election and said the election results reflected the will of the people. Separately, Germany and France had also congratulated the new government.