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Cambodian leader flips the script on opponents’ noodle ploy

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The bitter decadeslong rivalry between Hun Sen, Cambodia’s strongman leader, and Sam Rainsy, his self-exiled chief political rival and critic, has sometimes played out in deadly violence. But on Sunday, soup rather than blood was likely to be spilled. The two titans of Cambodian politics, …

Rapid economic growth props up Cambodia’s strongman – Fast and loose

But his strangulation of democracy imperils the country’s biggest industry Driving along Hun Sen Boulevard—named after the man who has led Cambodia since 1985—a shiny Mercedes-Benz dealership appears in the litter-covered scrubland, its chunky white vehicles nestled behind thick plate glass. Beyond, the cranes and towers of Phnom Penh loom. They …

Hun Sen’s Monument to Himself | The Diplomat

The Cambodian prime minister inaugurated a monument celebrating his own achievements. Having arrested his main political rival and transformed Cambodia into a de facto one-party state, Prime Minister Hun Sen continued his authoritarian streak by inaugurating a massive stone monument commemorating his own achievements. “Cambodia has united from the many …

Boycott sham Cambodian elections, says opponent Rainsy | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – Cambodians must show Prime Minister Hun Sen that his time is up by boycotting “fake” elections this month, and Western powers need to pressure him with targeted sanctions, exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy said on Thursday. Former president of the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party …