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Cambodia to release official results of general election on Aug 4

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Phnom penh: Official results of Cambodia’s general election with the allocation of seats in the National Assembly will be announced on Aug 4, said the country’s National Election Committee (NEC) on Tuesday.

According to NEC’s temporary results, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has won an overwhelming victory in the July 23 general election.

A total of 18 political parties contested the election, which was held once every five years to elect the members of parliament for the 125-seat National Assembly.

The temporary results showed that the CPP won 6,398,311 votes out of a total of 7,774,276 valid votes, and the Funcinpec Party of Prince Norodom Chakravuth received 716,490 votes.

Based on the NEC’s temporary results, the CPP had calculated that it had won 120 parliamentary seats, while the Funcinpec Party gained the remaining five seats.

Hun Sen, who has served as the prime minister of Cambodia for more than 38 years, announced last week that he would step down on Aug 22 and transfer the reins of power to his eldest son Hun Manet.

The 70-year-old leader said the newly elected National Assembly will hold its first session on Aug. 21, and a new cabinet led by Hun Manet will be sworn in on Aug 22.

Hun Manet, 45, is currently a member of the CPP’s Standing Committee and a deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

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