>Major opposition party expects to win half votes in general election of Cambodia

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PHNOM PENH, July 14 (Xinhua) — The major opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) expects to win over 50 percent of the votes in the July 27 general election, English-Khmer language newspaper the Mekong Times said Monday. (For The Mekong Times report click here).

SRP “is to win 62 (out of the 123 seats at the National Assembly) in the election” and will make gains particularly in Phnom Penh and Kampong Cham province, the paper quoted SRP secretary general Eng Chhay Eang (pictured) as saying.

The victory in the poll has been assured by the electorate’s disillusionment with the present government, as “people can see the government’s powerlessness to prevent corruption and inflation,” he said.

People know that only SRP can eliminate corruption, lower goods prices, solve unemployment and provide free health services, he added.

Altogether 11 parties participate in the current election. Major ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has predicted landslide victory for itself.

SRP was established in 1995 as an opposition force. It used to be the third largest party of the kingdom, but surpassed the co-ruling Funcinpec Party in April 2007 during the commune councils election to be No. 2 closely trailing CPP.

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