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Cambodia: Overview of corruption and anti-corruption

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Cambodia, often referred to as an autocracy with Hun Sen ruling for over 31 years, has endured periodical political unrest for decades, and there is “no end in sight” as the current political crisis has escalated in 2016.

Corruption permeates every aspect of the Cambodian social fabric; the elite has monopolised procurement, land concessions and access to resources through the establishment of patron-client networks. A kleptocratic bureaucracy thrives on red tape, while the population is disillusioned with governance institutions.

Despite a relatively good anti-corruption law that came into full force in 2011, its implementation has been weak and corrupt entities continue to function with impunity.

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