Cambodia rivals to meet after protest bloodshed
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's political rivals were set to hold fresh crisis talks on Monday as crowds massed for a second day to protest a disputed election, following violence that left one demonstrator dead and several wounded.
Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy were due to meet at 9am (10am Singapore time) at the National Assembly in search of a way out of the political standoff triggered by July polls marred by allegations of electoral fraud.
The talks follow violent clashes in the capital Phnom Penh on Sunday on the fringes of a mass demonstration that drew an estimated 20,000 opposition supporters demanding an independent probe into the vote.
Security forces fired smoke grenades, tear gas and water cannon at rock-throwing protesters.