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Cambodia Situation Ahead of 2018 Election
Thursday, 26 July, 2018 | 12:10 WIB
Cambodia Situation Ahead of 2018 Election

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Ambassador to Cambodia, Sudirman Haseng, shared a situation in Cambodia ahead of the election which would take place on July 29.

Political campaigns using various ways and methods were done to attract public interest. However, the condition was still conducive thus far. International tourists kept entering the country, even the number of tourist arrival was increased. The tourists also freed to travel without worry and disturbance.

Sudirman said he did not acknowledge the effort of Cambodian government in tightening the media control reporting the election. The media continuously covered public’s criticism and the parties running in the election. The critical issues between the parties also presented in balance.

2018 Cambodian Election became the international spotlight following the absence of the biggest opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which was forcibly dissolved by the government in November 2017. CNRP chair Sam Rainsy was also criminalized and banned from running as Cambodian Prime Minister to replace Hun Sen who reigned over the country for more than 30 years until now.

Sekitar seribu warga Kamboja menggelar unjuk rasa di Tokyo pada Ahad, 17 Juni 2018, menuntut penghentian bantuan dana dari pemerintah Jepang kepada Kamboja untuk pelaksanaan pemilu pada 29 Juli 2018, yang dituding sarat kecurangan. Phnompenhpost

A total of 20 parties would take part in 2018 election, which from that only five opposition parties listed. Prime Minister Hun Sen was expected to easily win the election since his main rival was exiled.

Among Asian countries, Indonesia was chosen to participate in monitoring the establishment of Cambodian Election this year. Sudirman said the joint team came from NGOs, members of the general election committee, including from Indonesian Embassy.

“All monitoring team that came from various countries and organizations are free to choose the location. It’s not the first time Indonesia to monitor the election, so Indonesian team has the measure and standard procedure,” Sudirman told Tempo, on Thursday, July 26.

Approximately there were 3,000 Indonesian people stayed in Cambodia. Despite conducive situations ahead of the election, Sudirman called on all citizens to be aware and avoid any campaign rally and immediately contact the embassy for help, services, and protection.

SUCI SEKARWATI

 

 



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