333 Foreign Observers, Dignitaries to Observe Cambodia's General Election

Nuno Gomes Nabiam, an independent candidate in the presidential election, raises his ink-stained finger after voting in the second round of the presidential election, on May 18, 2014 in Bissau. Photo by SEYLLOU / AFP

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that some 333 foreign observers and dignitaries from 65 countries and international institutions will visit the country to observe the seventh general election, to be held on Sunday.

Among them will be Malaysia's Speaker of Parliament Johari Abdul and Guinea-Bissau's Prime Minister Nuno Gomes Nabiam, as well as 11 former heads of state, government, and parliament, he tweeted.

Hun Sen said Cambodia warmly welcomes them to witness the democratic process in the Southeast Asian country.

Eighteen political parties will contest in Sunday's election for the 125 seats in the National Assembly, the National Election Committee (NEC) said, adding that more than 9.7 million people are eligible to cast their ballots.

In the last general election held five years ago, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Hun Sen won all 125 seats in the National Assembly.

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