Every local and international commentator expected the ruling Cambodian People's (CPP) party to win big in the country's election on Sunday and they did. CPP's exact majority, while still unknown, will be considerable. They easily have enough seats in the 123-member National Assembly to rule in their own right.

Opposition parties say the extent of the win reflects a campaign of intimidation, vote buying and dirty tricks orchestrated by CPP in the lead-up to the July 27 poll. Certainly there were irregularities, especially in the capital Phnom Penh, where a large number of voters were mysteriously not on the roll.