Cambodia Calm - On the Surface

Cambodia's prime minister and strongman Hun Sen, who emerged visibly shaken from a disputed election victory last Sunday that also looked rather like a rebuff, appears to have begun to find his own feet by the end of this week. The election result was his worst political showing in 15 years, with his party even losing ground in Kompong Cham, the PM's own native province. Although Cambodia seems to have gone quiet since the July 28 election, in fact there is political paralysis. Hun Sen, more of his old bullying self, has threatened to "give away" the National Rescue Party's 55 seats if the opposition refuses to take their seats in the National Assembly.

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