Cambodia opposition keeps up pressure on govt with rally
PHNOM PENH (AP) - Cambodia's main opposition party launched another mass demonstration in the capital on Sunday, stepping up its effort to pressure Prime Minister Hun Sen to resolve the country's post-election deadlock.
The protest in Phnom Penh comes despite the start of talks between the two sides aimed at ending a dispute over July elections, which the opposition says were marred by serious irregularities.
Cambodia's king brought Hun Sen face to face with opposition leader Sam Rainsy for the first time in years on Saturday, and urged the two rivals to resolve their conflict peacefully for the sake of national stability. No agreement was reached, but the two are expected to meet again on Monday.
Opposition leaders are hoping 20,000 people will turn out for the demonstration on Sunday, which political analysts say is mostly aimed at appeasing angry supporters and strengthening the opposition's hand in negotiations with the ruling party.