Cambodia has succeed on an incredible path of development in the last span of time proving that is possible in the same time to build a powerful and tourism oriented economy and to embrace a democratic experiment without equal in the region.
The country has become known as a tourism miracle under the savvy leadership of Prime Minister-Academician HUN SEN registering more than 6 million tourists in 2017 from a mere 3 million in 2015.
The country was crowned as WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN 2016 paving the way for this incredible growth and it`s capital city Phnom Penh was registered as a WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM drawing investors and tourists in record numbers.
Now the Kingdom of Cambodia promises to usher in an era of unprecedented democracy and open society with the starting of the electoral campaign for the country NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, the main chamber of the parliament.
The Kingdom of Cambodia has embarked on a democratic experiment offering free media, a vibrant civil society and a large array of political parties and ideologies and in the same time has kept his promises for international investors and has delivered a powerful tourism driven growth that proved a remarkable resilience.
This ambitious target of developing economy and the democratic credentials of the state has got international community on board as they expressed their support for Cambodia`s commitment to hold free and transparent polls and more than 65.000 national and international observers will give their seal of approval to the parliamentary elections slated for Jul 29, 2018.
The three-week long campaign started on Saturday with the candidates for 20 parties outlining their vision for July 29 general election.
In figures elections are encompassing: Twenty political parties that will contest in the forthcoming election, some 8.3 million people cast their ballots, and more than 65.000 national and international observers attending and closely monitoring the process, according to the National Election Committee (NEC).
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Cambodian Prime Minister Academician Hun Sen, president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), held a rally at the Diamond Island in the capital of Phnom Penh gathering more than 60,000 supporters.
Addressing his supporters, Hun Sen called for the people to join him in safeguarding the country’s hard-earned peace, stability and development.
“If you love peace and development, please vote for the Cambodian People’s Party,” he said at the event, which was broadcast live on local television channels.
Academician Hun Sen, the nation prime minister is credited for building a strong economy and a vibrant democracy and is widely expected to retain his position on a wave of popular support.
“The CPP has been the only political force that has stayed and shared the ups and downs with the people, and has done everything for the interest of the people,” the prime minister said.
He also announced the CPP’s political agenda for building and defending the nation for the next five years, vowing to protect the monarchy, and promoting the multi-party liberal democracy and respect for human rights.
He added the CPP defended the independence, sovereignty, full territorial integrity and peace of the country without allowing anyone to violate and destroy them, and categorically opposed foreign interference in Cambodia’s internal affairs.
He said the party would develop the nation into a strong and advanced state based on the rule of law and would continue social-economic development toward achieving a more prosperous country.
The prime minister said if the CPP continues to win the election, the CPP-led government would further increase salaries for the civil servants and armed forces and would further lower electricity tariffs.
Meanwhile, Hun Sen called on all political parties and stakeholders to strictly adhere to the laws, regulations and procedures of the election in order to ensure good political environment and to make the election proceed successfully with free, fair and just outcomes that all sides can accept.
On the opening day of the election campaign, other parties also gathered in other parts of the city.
The Funcinpec Party, led by Prince Norodom Ranariddh, held a gathering with about 2,000 supporters, according to the NEC. The prince was unable to join the campaign since he was badly injured in a road accident last month.
The League for Democracy Party, led by former opposition lawmaker Khem Veasna, held a rally with about 15,000 activists, as the Khmer Will Party, headed by former opposition member Kong Monika, rallied with about 300 supporters.
The election campaign will last until July 27, as the election for the 125-seat National Assembly will be held on July 29.
In the last election on July 28, 2013, eight political parties joined the race. The CPP won 68 seats in the then-123-seat National Assembly.
Political analysts predict that Hun Sen’s party will continue to win a landslide victory in the upcoming election based on the country incredible rates of development, low unemployment and steady growth rates that placed the nation on the top 6 economy of the world .
International observers assessing the credibility of the poll consider it to be one of the best in country`s history and fully in compliance with international standards.