CPP dominates Cambodian Senate elections with landmark victory

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25th February 2024 – (Phnom Penh) The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), the nation’s ruling party, has achieved a commanding victory in the latest Senate elections, capturing the majority of the seats, a spokesperson confirmed on Sunday.

In an overwhelming show of political strength, the CPP, under the leadership of former Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, has garnered more than 80 per cent of the parliamentary seats, securing at least 50 of the 58 seats within the upper house. This victory not only cements the CPP’s legislative control but also marks a continuation of its unassailable position in Cambodian politics.

“The CPP has once again demonstrated its unwavering support from the Cambodian electorate, securing a most decisive majority in the Senate,” Sok Eysan, the party’s spokesperson, reported to Xinhua. He noted that this success follows the landslide win in the general elections conducted in July 2023, reinforcing the party’s dominance.

In anticipation of the Senate elections, Cambodia deployed nearly 70,000 security forces to oversee and maintain order during the voting process. This substantial security presence underscores the government’s dedication to a peaceful and orderly electoral process, crucial to the country’s democratic traditions.

The CPP’s spokesperson also confirmed that the 71-year-old party president, Hun Sen, is set to assume the presidency of the Senate subsequent to the elections. This role will vest him with the responsibility of acting head of state during the king’s absence abroad, indicating Hun Sen’s enduring influence in the governance and future direction of Cambodia.