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Local Governance in Cambodia


The Paris Peace Accord in 1991 put an end to the civil war in Cambodia and paved the way for the establishment of democracy in Cambodia. Since the 1993 UN sponsored election, Cambodia has made efforts to rehabilitate governance in various sectors decentralization and deconcentration reforms to strengthen including local governance. In 2001, Cambodia enacted two laws pertinent to local governance – a law on the administration and management of communes and a law on commune council elections. The commune council is the lowest level of the Cambodian public administration system and ensures good governance at the local level. With these laws Cambodia has successfully held three commune council elections since 2002.


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