Cambodian parliament to meet despite opposition boycott
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's parliament is set to convene on Monday despite a boycott by the opposition, which is demanding an independent probe into disputed elections that led to mass protests and violence.
The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) insisted the meeting - the first since the July polls won by strongman Hun Sen - would go ahead regardless of the political deadlock in the country.
"This is an absolute position of the CPP, which has won the election," a senior CPP member told AFP, adding that Hun Sen is likely to be sworn in for another five-year term on Tuesday.
According to official results of the July election, the CPP won 68 seats against 55 for the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) but the opposition has rejected the tally, alleging widespread vote irregularities.