By Khmer Wathanakam | November 17, 2013
|Hun Sen and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe|
|The Japan-China dispute Island Senkakus|
On the other motif that Mr. Abe discussed with Hun Sen is an election reform and a negotiation with the opposition to end a current election dispute. Albeit Mr. Abe seems already recognize Hun Sen as a winner, But he insisted Hun Sen to work with the opposition and to seriously reform the election system in order bring a more acceptable result in the future. In response, Hun Sen tried to play down with Mr. Abe by ignoring the current crisis and asked Japan to send more experts to help reform and monitor in the next election. In this scenario, Hun Sen is likely to ask Mr. Abe to bypass the current crisis and focus on the future election; it is Hun Sen's "fait accompli"-- Every thing is over no matter what, it is irreversible. But if Hun Sen has a political will to make election system more acceptable and fair for all, he doesn't need to ask any more foreign experts for help but to work with the opposition to find mistakes and flaws before recommending for reform. Most democratic countries in the world don't need election monitors from outside, but they make their election system though less than perfect but more acceptable and fair to all parties. We don't have to mention about the US or EU but look at Thailand, Indonesia, and Philippine; they don't need outside monitors, and they rarely have election dispute because their election system is very independent and fair to all parties. It is unrealistic for Hun Sen to ask foreign experts to monitor the election while he already created a fraudulent system.
The recent Japanese Prime Minister visit in Cambodia has nothing to be surprised but just a regular diplomatic mission of a foreign dignitaries to search for their own interest in the region while they are facing some problems that affect their own interest and a regional security. And it is unwise for Mr. Abe to to team up with Hun Sen in dealing with an uninhabited island dispute with China when Hun Sen is scared to dead to talk about Kah Tral dispute with Hanoi. And Hun Sen already has his masters lined up behind him--Hanoi and Beijing which are quietly sharing their interest on the expense of Cambodia. Nevertheless, it is a suitable time for Hun Sen when he is badly needing foreign governments to approve his new dubious government that produced from a rigged election that the opposition are demanding an independent probe but fiercely rejected by Hun Sen without reasonable explanation.