Cambodian PM defies opposition boycott of parliament
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's long-ruling party defied an opposition boycott of parliament on Monday, pushing ahead with the formation of a government despite mass protests over his disputed election win.
Anti-riot police were deployed near the National Assembly following weeks of political turmoil that has at times descended into violence in one of the biggest challenges to Hun Sen's nearly three decades in power.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) refused to take its seats for the opening session of the lower house, warning that the kingdom was sliding towards "dictatorship".
Despite the boycott, King Norodom Sihamoni asked Hun Sen to form a new government, which must be approved by a majority of the newly elected lawmakers in a vote expected to take place on Tuesday.