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EU mulls Cambodia sanctions over erosion of democracy

February 26, 2018

Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, second left, speaks with Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva, second right, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the Europa building in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. European Union foreign ministers meet in Brussels on Monday Feb. 26 to debate ways to revive Middle East peace efforts and discuss the crisis in Venezuela. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is weighing whether to impose sanctions on senior officials in Cambodia over the erosion of democracy and a crackdown on the opposition and media there.

EU foreign ministers on Monday urged Cambodia “to restore democracy and the government to engage in a constructive dialogue with the elected opposition.”

They said they “may consider specific targeted measures if the situation does not improve.”

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for three decades, claimed a sweeping victory in Senate elections on Sunday. It assured the win by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest.

The poll was seen as a foretaste of a scheduled July general election for the National Assembly that is expected to affirm Hun Sen’s rule.

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