CAMBODIA: The People's Prince

In the Cambodian village of Svay Rolom last week, a sarong-draped man stepped from his dugout canoe to the Tonle Bassac River's bank, strode purposefully into a cabin's hushed interior and stood solemnly before Svay Rolom's mekhum, the village chief. The citizen's purpose: to vote in Cambodia's first election since the end of French colonial rule.

With a sheaf of ballots, each stamped with its party's symbol, the voter squeezed into a booth. There he folded one ballot into a tight pellet. Emerging, he tossed the unneeded cards into a wastebasket, dropped the...

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