PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition leader has virtually acknowledged that his party will lose in Sunday’s general election, saying the polls are unfair but that his battle for democracy will go on.
Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy told reporters Saturday that any gains his party makes against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party will be significant, and will set the stage for a long fight for fair elections.
Rainsy’s party and nonpartisan groups charge that the ruling party uses the machinery of government and the security forces in an unfair manner to reward or pressure voters. They also say that voter registration procedures were badly flawed, possibly leaving more than 1 million people disenfranchised.
The CPP says the election process is fair.