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Cambodia opposition warns of 'final' push against PM Hun Sen

Published on Jan 10, 2014 3:37 PM
Leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy (right) greets supporters at his party's office in Siem Reap province, 300km north-west of Phnom Penh, on Jan 10, 2014. "We are not scared, brothers. We did not commit any wrongdoing," Mr Rainsy told supporters as they chanted "Step down, Hun Sen". -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's opposition warned strongman premier Hun Sen of a "final campaign" against him unless fresh elections are held, as it rallied on Friday in the country's northwest despite recent bloody crackdowns on protesters.

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha met hundreds of supporters in Siem Reap province after authorities banned anti-government rallies in the capital and renewed calls for Hun Sen to resign over alleged vote fraud in July 2013 polls.

"If he does not agree to a new election, we will start the final campaign. That will be to make him step down," Kem Sokha told a cheering crowd, according to a live stream from the rally on his Cambodia National Rescue Party website.

Authorities chased opposition protesters from their rally site in the capital Phnom Penh on Saturday and banned all anti-government demonstrations indefinitely after bloody clashes between striking garment workers and security forces that saw police shoot several people dead.

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