beijing - The Chinese authorities have pledged to deliver equipment for the controversial Cambodian election of next year. According to a spokesperson for the electoral council in Cambodia, it concerns, among other things, computers, ballot boxes and booths. Earlier, the EU and the US pulled their hands off the ballot box because the opposition was sidelined.
The Supreme Court in Cambodia dissolved last month at the request of the government the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). That fell badly in the west. The EU announced that it would suspend financial support for the polls because of the exclusion of the opposition. The Union and Japan were the main donors of the electoral council.
The Cambodian electoral council said that the Chinese are now coming to the rescue. According to the spokesperson, Beijing supplies some thirty different types of equipment. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said he would like to stay on Wednesday for at least ten years. He has been in power for over thirty years.