Cambodian opposition threatens nationwide strike to protest election
PHNOM PENH (AP) - Cambodia's opposition party on Wednesday threatened a nationwide general strike to protest what it claims was a rigged election and the illegitimate return to power of authoritarian leader Hun Sen.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he is considering calling a one-day strike for factory workers, civil servants and shopkeepers unless the ruling party agrees to an independent probe of electoral fraud and a program of reforms.
He said the opposition will continue its boycott of parliament, which opened on Monday, until its demands are met.
"We will not cooperate in any manner with the present National Assembly and with the present government unless there are guarantees that there will be an investigation committee to investigate the election irregularities and to find justice for the voters whose will has been distorted, and provided also that there is a programme of reforms that both parties can agree upon," Mr Rainsy told reporters.