MANILA - The Philippine government congratulated Cambodia on its recent national elections as it expressed its readiness to work closely with the newly elected officials.
In a statement, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said the Philippines remains "committed to working with Cambodia in further enhancing friendly ties and in deepening cooperation at the bilateral, regional, and international levels."
"On behalf of President Rodrigo Duterte and the Filipino people, I wish to congratulate the Cambodian government and its people on the peaceful and orderly conduct of its recent national elections," Cayetano said.
Philippine Ambassador to Cambodia Christopher B. Montero said the election was conducted in a smooth, orderly and peaceful manner. He also said there were also no reported incidence of violence.
According to Montero, Cambodia’s National Election Commission is expected to announce the preliminary election results on August 11, with the official proclamation on September 11.
A general election was held in Cambodia last week, in which Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) declared victory but one which rights groups said was neither free nor fair.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said on Sunday the party won an estimated 100 out of 125 parliamentary seats. The DAP news, a pro-government website, said later the CPP had won 114 seats. Two other parties, the royalist Funcinpec party and the League for Democracy Party, won 5 and 6 seats respectively.
More than 82 percent of those registered to vote cast a ballot, according to the National Election Commission. Turnout was 90 percent in the 2017 local election and 69.61 percent in the previous general election in 2013.
On Wednesday, former Khmer Rouge commander Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for nearly 33 years, took 'selfies' with supporters and enjoyed a boat ride.
Hun Sen did not make a lengthy speech, as is normally his habit. Instead, he took a boat ride to Kandal province after inaugurating a boat terminal in the capital Phnom Penh. The appearance was broadcast live on national television accompanied by music praising Hun Sen's achievements. -- with reports from Reuters