An elderly woman votes in local elections at a polling station in Takhmua in Kandal province, southeast of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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Millions of Cambodians voted in local polls on Sunday, testing the political temperature of a country rife with tension between its strongman premier and an embattled opposition determined to end his three-decade rule.Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the world's longest serving leaders, has run Cambodia for 32 years. Sunday's vote in more than 1,600 communes -- village clusters -- is viewed as a warm-up for next year's national elections.Cambodia has one of the world's youngest populations, with some 70 percent of the country under 30, and they are courted by politicians.Yet the opposition movement has been dented by Hun Sen's crackdown, with at least 27 Cambodian human rights defenders and political activists thrown behind bars since 2013, according to a recent Amnesty International report.
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