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Cambodian PM joins election campaign for first time

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen rides in an open truck to lead his party's campaigning march through streets in Phnom Penh.(Photo: AFP)

Phnom Penh (VNA) - Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen attended the Cambodian People's Party (CPP)'s election campaign parade on June 2, the final day of its two-week campaign for the June 4 commune-level elections.

It was the first time in 24 years that the PM, who is also the CPP's president, directly took part in an election campaign.

Addressing the rally, Hun Sen said only the CPP has sufficient capacity to govern Cambodia and maintain the country's peace and development.

He stressed that he will not allow any hostile group to destroy the nation’s peace.

After the speech, Hun Sen rode in an open truck to lead a 9-km march of approximately 200,000 supporters through streets in Phnom Penh.

The main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was also expected to hold a rally in the eastern part of Phnom Penh on the afternoon of the same day.

According to the Cambodia National Election Committee (NEC), 12 political parties will run in the commune-level elections, which will choose commune chiefs and councilors for the country's 1,646 communes. About 7.87 million eligible voters are expected to cast their ballots.

In the last commune elections in June 2012, the ruling CPP gained 61.9 percent of the votes, compared to some 30.6 percent for the opposition.-VNA
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