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Cambodia's ruling party claims all parliamentary seats in criticized election

The ruling Cambodian People's Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen claims it had won all 125 seats contested in the country's July 29 parliamentary election, which was strongly criticized by the opposition party and the U.S. government, among others, Reuters reported July 30.

"The CPP won [77.5%] of the votes and won all the parliamentary seats ... The other parties won no seats," CPP spokesman Sok Eysan told Reuters.

The White House said it would mull a "significant expansion" of visa restrictions on some Cambodian government members unveiled in December 2017, among other "additional steps," in response to the "flawed elections, which excluded the country's principal opposition party."

The main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party was dissolved in 2017 and its leader, Kem Sokha, was imprisoned on treason charges. Former CNRP President Sam Rainsy said the election result was a "hollow" victory for Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for nearly 33 years.