How Corrupt Was Cambodia's Election? | NowThis World

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  • Published on:  Sunday, August 5, 2018
  • Cambodia just had a major election, but there wasn't much suspense involved. The outcome of the Cambodia election 2018, as expected, was declared a win for authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for over 33 years.
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    This was the 6th general Cambodia election since the UN sponsored the country's free and fair vote in 1993, but some analysts say that the more elections that have been held, the more authoritarian the Hun Sen has become.

    Journalists and human rights groups say Cambodia is sliding into a full-fledged dictatorship. And we spoke to an expert on authoritarian regimes and democratization in Southeast Asia who says the country is already there.

    In this episode of NowThis World, Versha, will be exploring Cambodia news and the question: how did Cambodia and the Cambodia people get here?

    But before we look at the latest Cambodia election, we will need to understand who Hun Sen is.

    So we first explore the world's longest currently-serving Prime Minister, Hun Sen, who first came to power in 1985, but was a political figure in the country years before that. A series of twists and turns in the Cambodian power structure eventually landed him in the right place at the right time.

    In the past year, the Cambodian election crackdown and the crackdown on human rights has escalated. In addition to eliminating the major opposition party, major independent newspapers have been forced to close, in order to silence critical reporting.

    So, now that the Cambodian People's Party has taken another victory, what's next for Hun Sen and the country?

    Hun Sen has committed to staying Prime Minister for at least another decade, and reportedly he's also been grooming his sons to take over when the time comes.

    But as the younger, more educated generation grows increasingly disillusioned with Hun Sen's authoritarian rule, could a mass protest reasonably overthrow the government?

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  • Versha Sharma

    Versha Sharma

     a years ago +119

    Hi everyone! Versha here. I'm curious what you guys think of this latest election, and how free or fair it really was, and whether mass protests could have an effect in Cambodia.

  • เหวิน สมพัต

    เหวิน สมพัต

     6 days ago

    people of Cambodia had been fled go to other county

  • เหวิน สมพัต

    เหวิน สมพัต

     6 days ago

    Hun sen cruel

  • sophea miek

    sophea miek

     7 days ago

    Thank you for this clip!

  • sok mean

    sok mean

     1 months ago

    Poor people here lost their land easily from the riches and the people in power and the government and the police beat them up for protesting for their land back. Facebook help people see these a lot this day. Mass Protests going to happen soon or in the future.

  • wayne kea

    wayne kea

     2 months ago

    Hun Sen is the super hero helping millions lives of Cambodian in Khmer Rouge regime.Please don't try to make fake history and destabilizing of Cambodian.Cambodia has peace right now.Want to see real truth of Cambodia history look in France famous Journalists .

  • wayne kea

    wayne kea

     3 months ago

    Fake news have to be punished.

  • Mony

    Mony

     4 months ago

    When people against Hunsen, he lead military force to destroy citizens with gun. U can see in 2014 election day. There are no democracy It's dictatorship and under control from Vietnam I think

  • Spurgeon wright Jr.

    Spurgeon wright Jr.

     4 months ago

    " PLEASE DO YOUR HOMEWORK SWEETIE THE PRESIDENT OF ZIMBABWE IS THE LONGEST DICTATOR SINCE 1981"

  • Spurgeon wright Jr.

    Spurgeon wright Jr.

     4 months ago

    The worse mass killings of any century took place in AFRICA!!!!!!

  • learnhindiwithsanidhya in5

    learnhindiwithsanidhya in5

     5 months ago

    I think Hun Sen is going to keep ruling Cambodia

  • Great Jävän

    Great Jävän

     6 months ago

    I would love to see Hun Sen fall, but most of us have one fear if he were to - he’s been running our country for so long that he is the only one with experience in doing so. If others were to be voted in, we’re scared that their lack of experience could drop us lower than we already are. What we need would be a mass protest with people who are publicly informed about this. We’ll just have to wait for the next election.

  • T S

    T S

     6 months ago

    Dictator is the law of the land!!! Justice in Cambodia is a joke! Hun Sen chiseled his opposition away , Mr kem sokah and Mr Sam Ransey were his oppositions .

  • Dab Rebel

    Dab Rebel

     7 months ago

    I am Cambodian and never has realized the corruption in our small country. We have dealt with so much trouble...first losing lots land to our neighbors, then dealing with corrupted rulers...after that we have Khmer Rouge and get after that we get useless kings and...this. What has cambodia done to get so much trouble?

  • heekyung Kim

    heekyung Kim

     7 months ago

    Just returned from Cambodia. People are so friendly there and wonderful country with khmer empire history. Amazing site as Angkor wat. This Hun Sen guy is like mafia dictator. I hope for democracy in Cambodia one day. Power to the people.

  • Ruzindana Jean -Marie

    Ruzindana Jean -Marie

     8 months ago

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  • Mony

    Mony

     9 months ago

    I hate America too, because they said they have security for the world,and now Cambodia is corruption, did they help something?

  • Mony

    Mony

     9 months ago

    I will kill hun sen if he stand next to me

  • Na Na

    Na Na

     9 months ago

    Please leave Cambodia alone we want peace when Cambodia meet war where are you ?

  • Jimmy Chun

    Jimmy Chun

     9 months ago

    How people let this happen all the time the us need to help Cambodia 🇰🇭 again