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Cambodians Vote in National Elections - 2003-07-27


Voters in Cambodia flocked to the polls for parliamentary elections Sunday. Voting was peaceful for the most part, but some incidents marred the balloting.

The relative calm of the Cambodian elections was shattered when a motorcyclist hurled a grenade outside the Phnom Penh headquarters of the royalist party, FUNCINPEC. There were no injuries or damage.

Two grenades were also found outside the royal palace in the capital, but did not explode.

Speaking at the scene, FUNCINPEC Secretary-General Prince Sirivudh said he is not accusing any party of ordering the attack, but he noted that this is not the first time party officers or facilities have been attacked. "This time there are no injuries," he said, "but it is still some kind of intimidation."

The elections are being conducted under intense international scrutiny, with Cambodian and foreign observers fanning out to polling places across the country.

The election campaign was marred by reports of voter intimidation, but Cambodian and foreign observers agree that the overall atmosphere is far less tense than that of the previous polls in 1998.

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