As the official results of Cambodia’s election which happened on July 29th were confirmed, The US State Department made an announcement earlier in the week stating that it has officially expanded its visa restrictions on the Southeast Asian nation.
A report published by Xinhua news agency shows that, through a press briefing on Wednesday, August 15th, Heather Nauert, the spokesperson of the US State Department said that, “the restrictions have now been issued as America has characterized the election as “flawed and neither free nor fair.”
This announcement came after the announcement made by the Cambodian electoral committee, in which it revealed that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen has officially won all the 125 parliamentary seats.
The visa restrictions were introduced back on December 6, 2017, for people intricated in the undermining of democracy in Cambodia.
Nauert’s comment reads as follows: “The expanded entry restrictions will also be applicable to individuals within the Cambodian government as well as outside it.”
He further added, “If an individual is found responsible for “anti-democratic” actions taken in the run-up to the election, they would also fall under this category.”
Significantly back in December 2017, The Cambodian Foreign Ministry had expressed its dissatisfaction over the decision stating that “the move was politically motivated with double standards and prejudice.”