Cambodian opposition rally pushes for probe into alleged poll irregularities
PHNOM PENH (AP) - Nearly 20,000 opposition supporters gathered on Saturday in Cambodia's capital to cheer their leaders' demands for an investigation into alleged election irregularities, just a day before the victory of Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party is to be ratified.
Final results from the vote six weeks ago gave 68 National Assembly seats to Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party and 55 to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The opposition says it would have won the majority of seats had the election been fair.
The opposition is demanding that an independent committee look into claims of voter disenfranchisement and vote tampering in the July 28 election. The new Parliament is supposed to be seated within 60 days of the election.
However, the government-appointed National Election Committee has rejected the demand, and Hun Sen has made it clear he intends to take office and continue his 28 years in power.