Early Poll Count Gives CPP 120 Seats and FUNCINPEC 5

Election officials count ballots at a polling station in Phnom Penh on July 23, 2023 during the general elections. Photo by AFP

PHNOM PENH – Only the Cambodian People’s Party and FUNCINPEC won seats in the National Assembly with the CPP taking 120 seats and the royalist party five, according to preliminary results.

The National Election Committee (NEC) said on August 1 that the CPP got 6,398,311 votes and FUNCINPEC received 716,490 in the 7th National Assembly election,

The NEC did not say which seats FUNCINPEC won but unofficial calculations say there was one in Phnom Penh and in each of Kandal, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng and Kampong Cham provinces.

Other parties received between 13,000  and 52,000 votes. Of 8,214,430 ballots 7,774,276 were valid and 440,154 invalid.

The July 23 election was strongly criticized by western countries as neither free nor fair.

The NEC will announce official results and distribute the National Assembly seats on August 4. The National Assembly will hold its first session on August 21 and 22.

Hun Sen will step down as Prime Minister on August 22 after 14,099 days leading the government. Hun Manet, his eldest son, will succeed him.

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