Safeguarding peace: Cambodia's constitutional challenge
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Despite changing governments and political systems, power in Cambodia has remained restricted to the elite. Lao Mog Hay critiques the flawed democratisation of the 1991-98 period. Although the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia brought about increased public participation in political processes, the period following its departure has seen a return to repressive measures, contravening the 1993 Constitution. The National Assembly, judiciary and even the King himself are subservient to the ruling government, and Premier Hun Sen in particular. Civil society is too weak at present to bring pressure on the government to respect the constitution.