Cambodian opposition boycotts parliamentBy AP News Sep 23, 2013 10:28AM UTC
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Opposition lawmakers are boycotting the opening of Cambodia’s parliament to protest what they say was widespread cheating in July elections.
Monday’s opening of the National Assembly was full of empty seats. The 55 lawmakers elected from the opposition were absent, leaving 68 lawmakers from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party in attendance.
The opposition says it was cheated out of a victory because of electoral fraud. It had vowed for weeks to boycott parliament unless the government agreed to an independent probe of the July 28 election results.
The government had rejected the demand.
Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to continue his 28 years in power when lawmakers re-elect him as the country’s leader Tuesday.