General elections are due to be held in Cambodia on Sunday, 22 July 2018 to elect members of the sixth National Assembly.
The previous election saw the fourth consecutive victory of the Cambodian People’s Party, gaining 68 seats of the National Assembly and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party occupying the rest of the 55 seats. Despite their huge gain in seats, the opposition denied the results and accused the ruling party of poll fraud. As a result, the CNRP boycotted parliament in September 2013 and vows not to enter parliament until a legitimate electoral reform. The disputed election results led to the outbreak of widespread anti-government protests.
On 10 April 2014, prime minister Hun Sen agreed to hold the election five months early in February 2018. The opposition however rejected and wants the election to be held as early as 2015 or mid 2016. On 22 July 2014, the political crisis officially ended and the opposition agreed to accept their seats in parliament. The next election was also agreed to be held in 2018. As of November 2015, Sam Rainsy is barred from contesting the 2018 election, having been stripped from parliamentary immunity, and barred from returning to Cambodia. His request for a royal pardon was blocked by Prime Minister Hun Sen. In December 2016, his deputy Kem Sokha replaced him as Minority Leader.
On 11 February 2017, Sam Rainsy announced his resignation as President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_general_election,_2018
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