September 16, 2008, Kheang Un

(Click to enlarge) Dr. Kheang Un, Assistant Director, Northern Illinois University, discusses Cambodia's 2008 elections at the East-West Center in Washington on September 16, 2008.

Cambodia's 2008 Elections: Demise of the Opposition Parties?


(Washington DC) September 16 – Cambodia recently held its third general elections since the 1993 United Nations' sponsored elections. The election results, though controversial, affirm the control of Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and its leader, Prime Minister Hun Sen. Dr. Kheang Un, Assistant Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University led a discussion at the East-West Center in Washington on September 16, 2008.


Dr. Un focused first on situating the 2008 elections in the context of Cambodia's contemporary history and the changes, continuities and conflicts surrounding recent elections. Second, it analyzed the strategies, opportunities, and constraints facing the main political parties- the CPP and the Sam Rainsy Party. Lastly, the presentation focused on how the CPP's domination and the changing international context affect opposition attempts at configuring opposition politics. Implications for political stability and human rights, including political and civil liberties and economic equity, under a CPP and Hun Sen dominated government were also be explored.