Vehicles run past the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on July 31, 2018. Life and business activities have returned to normalcy in Cambodia after the general election over the weekend, showing people's high confidence in the country's political stability. TO GO WITH Feature: Life returns to normalcy in Cambodia after Sunday's general election. (Xinhua/Sovannara)
by Nguon Sovan
PHNOM PENH, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Traffic jams have come back to the crowded Orussey Market on Wednesday in central downtown of Phnom Penh, like every common workday. Life and business activities have returned to normalcy in Cambodia after the general election over the weekend, showing people's high confidence in the country's political stability.
Tith Vathany, a traditional textile vendor at the Central Market in Phnom Penh, said business activities at the market were usual.
"Vendors here open their shops as usual, there is not any fear or concern over security and safety," she told Xinhua. "But it looks quieter than before the elections."
Sitting inside his mobile coffee and beverage kiosk along the riverfront, Thong Nora, 37, said his business ran normally, as people went to work and students went to school as usual after the holiday for the general election.
"I do not see any troubles after the election," he said. "Frankly speaking, I like such a peaceful situation after the election."
In Channy, president and chief executive officer of Acleda Bank, said the post-election situation was good, and business transactions at the bank were usual.
"The activities of depositing money at and withdrawing money from the bank are normal during this election," he told Xinhua. "It was unlike the election in 2013 when people flocked to withdraw money from the bank."
"This clearly shows the people's high confidence in Cambodia's political stability," he said.
Twenty political parties contested in Sunday's election.
According to the latest preliminary results released by the National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen won a landslide victory.
The results indicated that the CPP received 4.87 million votes, or 76.78 percent, of the total valid votes.
With the victory, Hun Sen, who has been in power for 33 years, will continue to lead the government for another five years.
Kin Phea, director general of the International Relations Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the post-election situation is calm, business activities are normal and people are likely unconcerned over any political instability.
"We see that in Sunday's election, there was not any confrontation or clash among supporters of political parties, it went smoothly with good security and safety," he told Xinhua.
"The CPP's landslide victory truly reflects the confidence of people in the party's leadership, and they believe that the party will lead Cambodia towards a prosperous country."
Joseph Matthews, a professor of the Beltei International University in Phnom Penh, said the post-poll situation seemed to be normal, as businesses opened as usual.
"On the streets, in offices, in factories and institutions, life is normal, and people are working as usual," he told Xinhua. "All the election activities have been ceased and there is no sign of any political activities on the street, anywhere in Cambodia."
Chheang Vannarith, vice-chairman of the Cambodian Institute for Strategic Studies, agreed that the post-election situation is largely peaceful and calm, as the business community is confident in expanding their investments in Cambodia.