Cambodia passes strict poll laws criticized by U.S., rights groups

March 19, 2015 11:27 AM

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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's parliament passed two controversial new election laws on Thursday that have drawn criticism from rights groups and the United States for limiting oversight and stifling freedom of speech during campaign periods.

The laws are part of a political deal struck last year between the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to end a tense standoff over a disputed 2013 poll.

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