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CBD May 6, 2013

The National Election Committee (NEC) on Saturday released the ruling CPP’s candidate list for the upcoming national elections, revealing the candidacy of several new officials

Tep Nytha said Sunday that the CPP’s official candidate list was accepted on Thursday, and that other registered parties would soon have their candidate lists posted to the NEC’s website.

May 7, 2013

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said he plans to win at least three more national elections before finally stepping down at the age of 74.

In a speech to some 8,000 villagers in Kompong Speu’s Chbar Mon City to mark the groundbreaking of an $80 million Chinese-loan funded project to rehabilitate National Road 44, Mr. Hun Sen strongly rejected criticism aimed at the length of his reign as prime minster of Cambodia, which dates back to 1985.

Still, Mr. Hun Sen, who said he is now 61, stated he would make a concession from his previously declared retirement age of 90.

Cambodian PM vows to leave power ‘when I am 74’

Agence France-Presse

May 6, 2013

Cambodia’s strongman leader Hun Sen offered a glimmer of hope to the country’s opposition on Monday — by saying he would stay in power for at least another decade.

The 60-year-old, who has ruled Cambodia since 1985, responded to criticism over his tenacious hold on power by promising to step down when he is 74, a reduction from his previous vow to lead until he is 90.

"I became prime minister when I was 32. So I started the post when I was young and I am not yet old. It is a long time, but there is nothing wrong with a long time," Hun Sen said in a speech broadcast on national radio.

"I will leave power when I am 74," he added.

Cambodia has held general elections every five years since 1993, but Hun Sen has retained power amid a cloud of accusations that his regime suppresses political freedoms and mistreats rights campaigners.

The country goes to the polls in July, but the main opposition leader Sam Rainsy is barred from standing because of a string of convictions against him and has lived in self-imposed exile in France since 2009.

Rainsy, who heads the recently-formed Cambodia National Rescue Party, has branded Hun Sen a "coward" for stopping him from running.

Hun Sen’s comments suggest the country has three more elections with him at the helm, but calculating the exact year of his departure will not be straightforward.

The idiosyncratic leader, who turns 61 in August, is 62 on his official paperwork, which he continues to use even though he says a typing error recorded his date of birth a year early and in April.

May 6 (Xinhua)


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