Cambodian MPs set to reappoint Hun Sen despite poll row
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's parliament is expected to reappoint long-ruling strongman Hun Sen as prime minister on Tuesday despite an opposition boycott and recent mass protests over fiercely disputed elections.
The move by the ruling party to push ahead with the formation of a new government - even as controversy rages over the July polls - has raised fears of further outbreaks of unrest.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) refused to take its seats for the opening session of the lower house on Monday, saying the kingdom was sliding towards "dictatorship".
Despite its absence, King Norodom Sihamoni asked Mr Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) to form a new cabinet, which is expected to be approved by a majority of the newly elected lawmakers in a vote on Tuesday.