The Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has taken a commanding lead in the local elections, winning control of 1,569 of the country’s 1633 communes, according to unofficial initial results reported on June 3.
The CPP retained control of all communes in all of the 13 cities and provinces, namely Phnom Penh, Kandal, Pursat, Preah Sihanouk, Svay Rieng, Ta Keo, Oddor Meachay, Battambang, Kampot, Mondul Kiri, Kep, Pailin, Kratie and Koh Kong.
The main opposition, the Sam Rainsy Party, came second, with the official results to be announced over the next few days.
Ten parties were vying for seats in the third local elections. Cambodia’s National Elections Committee said that more than 60% of the country’s 9.2 million population had voted.