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Cambodian elections a 'sham', Turnbull must not recognise results

Cambodia’s weekend elections are a ‘sham’ and an indictment of the corrupt Hun Sen regime, the Australian Greens said today, calling on the Turnbull Government to refuse to recognise the anti-democratic and bogus results.

“Cambodia’s election yesterday was a complete sham. Hun Sen has been systematically dismantling independent voices and political opposition in Cambodia. An election is completely illegitimate when you throw the Leader of the Opposition in jail and dissolve his party," Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

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The cloak and dagger secrecy of the Australian Government continues after the arrival of four refugees in Cambodia from Nauru.  

"Australia has bribed Cambodia to take these poor people. There is no assurance any of this money will go to those who need it," Greens spokesperson on Immigration Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It is clear that the Australian-Cambodian deal is an expensive flop. Only four people have agreed to go at a huge cost of $55.5 million Australian dollars

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Australian Government must demand an inquiry into Cambodian election

Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne has written to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd asking the government to show leadership in the Asia Pacific region by supporting calls for an independent investigation into election irregularities in last weekend's Cambodian elections.

"Prime Minister Rudd should use his diplomatic and foreign affairs credentials by publicly standing up for the principle of free and fair elections in Cambodia," Senator Milne said.

"The recent Cambodian elections are of grave concern for the stability of democracy in the Asia Pacific region.

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