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PM says election will go to schedule

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Prime Minister Hun Sen with garment workers. Supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen has stated that the election of parliamentarians in 2018 will continue to function normally without limitations and has advised government officials to stop talking with opposition party members overseas.

During a gathering with workers on Wednesday morning, Mr Hun Sen urged all people across the country to know that the date of the 2018 general election will be on deadline without any changes. The participation of all political parties in the upcoming election is the right of each party, he said.

“Cambodia is a country of independence and sovereignty. Cambodia is not a host country to anyone. In particular, me and the Royal Government of Cambodia have nothing to say with illegal groups,” he added.

In July this year Mr Hun Sen set the date for next year’s national election as July 29.

The law says elections for the National Assembly will be held every five years, but gives no other guidelines for setting the date.

The previous national election was in 2013. The National Election Committee announced that some 9.67 million Cambodians were eligible to cast their ballots to elect the 123-seat National Assembly.

In 2013, voter turnout was reported to be 68.5 percent, making it the lowest turnout in history. The Cambodian People’s Party won 68 seats and the then opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party won all the remaining 55 seats.

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