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Cambodian opposition rejects PM win in parliamentary elections

Iran Press TV

Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:14PM GMT

Cambodia's opposition party has rejected the victory of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party in the fifth closely fought parliamentary elections.

The National Rescue Party (CNRP) said in a statement that it cannot accept the results because widespread irregularities have been found. Senior opposition leaders have called for an investigation into "serious irregularities"

"We don't accept the election results.... There are too many irregularities with far-reaching implications," the opposition leader Sam Rainsy told a news conference, adding, "We're not seeking to bargain with the government. What we want is to render justice to the Cambodian people so their will is not distorted or reversed as before."

According to the government spokesman, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has secured 68 parliamentary seats while the opposition has gained 55.

The opposition had claimed a surprise win in the fifth parliamentary elections, but retracted the claim shortly afterwards. However, the opposition says it has made significant gains compared to the 29 seats it had in the outgoing parliament.

However, track records show it was the worst election result for the ruling party since 1998.

Reports say a series of widespread irregularities, missing names at polling stations, and the exclusion of the opposition leader, Rainsy, have outraged people in the capital. Riots broke out in the capital Phnom Penh and its adjacent areas hours after the end of the country's general elections.

JR/SS



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