Cambodia's Election Body Says Ruling Party Wins Overwhelming Victory In Senate Election

The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won a landslide victory in Sunday's Senate election. Photo: Soy Rathanakvisal

PHNOM PENH, Feb. 29  -- The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won a landslide victory in Sunday's Senate election, said the National Election Committee (NEC) temporary results released on Thursday.

Four political parties, the CPP, the Khmer Will Party, the Nation Power Party, and the royalist Funcinpec Party, participated in the Senate election for the fifth legislative term.

The temporary results indicated that the CPP received 10,052 votes, the Khmer Will Party earned 1,394 votes, the Nation Power Party gained 234 votes, and the Funcinpec Party got 19 votes.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet, who is also the CPP's vice president, said based on the results, the CPP won 55 seats and the Khmer Will Party gained 3 seats, as the Nation Power Party and the Funcinpec Party did not earn any seats.

Official results will be announced between March 4 and 6, according to the NEC.

Held every six years, the election for the Senate, or the upper house, is by non-universal suffrage as only members of the National Assembly, or the lower house, and commune councilors across the Southeast Asian country are eligible to cast ballots.

The Senate has 62 seats, but the vote was held for 58 seats as two senators will be appointed by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni and two others by the National Assembly.

CPP's spokesman Sok Eysan has confirmed that former Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the 71-year-old president of the CPP, will take over as the president of the Senate after the election, allowing him to act as the acting head of state when the king is overseas. 

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