Cambodian opposition to boycott parliament openingBy AP News Sep 20, 2013 3:51PM UTC
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition says it will boycott parliament’s opening session Monday unless a last-minute compromise is reached to resolve the country’s post-election deadlock.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Friday that his party is sticking to its demand for an independent probe of alleged cheating it says helped the longtime ruling party win elections on July 28.
The government has rejected the demand, and Prime Minister Hun Sen says he will take office, continuing his 28 years in power.
Official results gave Hun Sen’s party 68 seats, compared to 55 for the opposition. The opposition says it would have won the majority of seats had the election been fair.
Sam Rainsy and Hun Sen have met several times to discuss the impasse but have failed to find a solution.