The election returns are still being finalised in Cambodia but already it is apparent that the opposition has badly shaken to ruling party of Hun Sen. Here’s a good report in the New York Times.
The significance of the result is that the opposition is now large enough in Parliament to exert real pressure on the ruling party – and have the power, it seems, to walk-out of Parliament so that it does not reach a quorum.
How Hun Sen reacts will be interesting. For now, at least to this observer, he’ll need to tread a careful tightrope. Given the fact that hundreds of thousands found themselves unable to vote yesterday – the public is not going to be particularly forgiving if Hun Sen tries any strong-arm tactics.
Do read the New York Times piece – it is well researched.