Cambodian parliament meets despite opposition boycott
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's parliament convened on Monday despite a boycott by the opposition, as the country is gripped by political crisis following disputed elections that led to mass protests and violence.
King Norodom Sihamoni opened the session - the first since the July polls won by strongman Hun Sen - and urged the country to "stand united", as parliament was surrounded by heavy security.
No opposition MPs were present at the meeting after vowing a boycott over their demands for an independent investigation into the election.
According to official results of the July poll, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won 68 seats against 55 for the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) but the opposition has rejected the tally, alleging widespread vote irregularities.