Cambodia Parliament Approved New Five Year Term for Hun Sen as Prime Minister

Sep 24, 2013 13:03 IST

The Cambodia's Parliament on 24 September 2013 approved a new five-year term for long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, despite a boycott by the opposition over disputed elections. Hun Sen, in power since 1985.

Hun Sen's reappointment comes despite weeks of protests over alleged widespread cheating in the July 2013 polls.

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), headed by Sam Rainsy, has accused Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of widespread election fraud.

Official election results show the CPP won 68 seats - a greatly reduced majority - while the opposition garnered 55 seats. The government has so far rejected the opposition's demand for an independent inquiry.

About Hun Sen and His political career

Born into a peasant family in 1952, Hun Sen was educated by Buddhist monks in Phnom Penh.

In the late 1960s, he joined the Communist Party, and for a while he was even a member of the Khmer Rouge.

During Pol Pot's tyrannical regime in the late 1970s, under which as many as two million people died, Hun Sen fled to Vietnam to join troops opposed to the Khmer Rouge.

When Vietnam installed a new government in Cambodia in 1979, he returned as minister of foreign affairs, becoming prime minister in 1985 at the age of 33.

Hun Sen lost the 1993 elections, but he refused to accept the results and forced a negotiation to become second prime minister alongside the Funcinpec Party's Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

Hun Sen was re-elected prime minister by parliament in July 2004.

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