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Cambodia’s opposition boycott Parl opening over election fraud

Last Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 18:01

Zee Media Bureau/Tarun Khanna

Phnom Penh: Fifty-five MPs from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Monday boycotted the opening of the Parliament following the protest on election results.

Authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodian People`s Party (CPP), who has been in power for the past 28 years, was accused by CNRP of elections fraud.

The Sam Rainsy-led-opposition wanted an independent inquiry in the elections fraud. Although talks to resolve the matter have been going on so far, the government has rejected the demand for the inquiry.

While 55 lawmakers from the opposition were absent, 68 ruling party lawmakers attended the session.

The opposition had said that it had vowed to boycott the Parliament till government agrees for an independent probe of the July 28 elections. It had vowed at the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wak over the weekend

According to US Embassy sources, US have asked all elected lawmakers to work towards improving democracy in Cambodia.

Nearly 10,000 people had joined protests earlier this month over the election results out of which one was reported dead after clashes with security forces.

First Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 - 18:01

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