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Cambodian PM dares rival to take oath over vote fraud claims

August 6, 2018

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has challenged his top political rival: take an oath to have lightning strike you dead if you say again that last month’s general election was unfair.

Hun Sen, speaking Monday to Cambodian athletes heading later this month to the Asian Games in Indonesia, was responding to the claims of Sam Rainsy that the July 29 polls were fraudulent and that the 82 percent turnout figure was inflated.

Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party won a landslide victory in an election the opposition and independent observers criticized as neither free nor fair. The only credible opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, was dissolved by court order last year.

The challenge appeared to be a way of countering the criticism by impressing the many Cambodians who are superstitious.

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