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Cambodia’s ruling party wins majority in Senate race: preliminary results

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) — The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) gained a majority in the Senate elections on Sunday, receiving up to 77.81 percent (or 44.3 seats) out of the total 57 seats, according to the preliminary results of the National Election Committee (NEC).

Sam Rainsy Party, which is the country’s main opposition party, gained the remaining 21.93 percent (or 12.5 seats), it said.

“In general, the elections had been conducted with security and good safety,” Im Suosdey, the NEC’s President, said during the announcement of the preliminary results on Sunday afternoon.

The official results will be announced on Feb. 4 if there is no complaint from any political parties, but it will be postponed to March 5 if there is complaint, according to the NEC.

The Sunday’s Senate elections were observed by 131 representatives of political parties, 1,432 national and international observers and 200 local and foreign journalists, according to the NEC.

Only two main political parties participated in the elections. They are the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and Sam Rainsy Party.

It was voted by 119 Members of Parliament and 11,351 commune councilors at 33 polling stations across the country.

Cambodia’s Senate has 61 seats, but the election was held for only 57 seats as two senators will be appointed by the King and the other two by the National Assembly.

The Senate election is held every six years. The last one was in January 2006, at that time, three parties — Cambodian People’ s Party, royalist Funcinpec and Sam Rainsy Party — joined the contest. As a result, the CPP won 45 seats, the Funcinpec 10 seats and the Sam Rainsy party two seats.

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