July 28 - Voting kicks off in the Cambodian general election in which Asia's longest-serving prime minister is likely to be handed another five years in power. Sarah Charlton reports.
Asia's longest serving prime minister casts his vote as Cambodia goes to the polls. Voting began early on Sunday (July 28) in a general election marred by claims of irregularities by the opposition. Prime Minister Hun Sen is likely to add another five years to a stay in power that's already 28 years long. But he faces an energised opposition. Banned from the ballot box, opposition leader Sam Rainsy toured the capital instead of casting a vote. He returned to Cambodia from self-imposed exile, but has not been allowed to vote or run as a candidate. The opposition believes nearly a million names are missing from polling lists. They say they're ready to fight for a true democracy. Political analysts believe a stronger opposition may dent the ruling party's majority in parliament. But not enough to bring about a change. Early results are expected on Sunday and official details released in a month's time.