The head of Cambodia’s royalist party, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, was ousted this past week in favor of his less regal brother-in-law. But the dispute’s real winner is the country’s now undisputed strongman, Prime Minister Hun Sen. Hun Sen, who has held or shared the prime minister’s post since 1985, was the main force behind the Funcinpec party’s decision to dump Ranariddh. Besides sending Ranariddh to what may well be political obscurity, Hun Sen has boosted the chances of his ruling Cambodian People’s Party in upcoming elections, says Hang Puthea, executive director of independent Cambodian election monitoring group Nicfec. Full Story
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