Defiant Cambodian opposition appeals poll results
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's opposition party on Wednesday appealed against preliminary official election results that handed a narrow victory to strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen despite allegations of widespread fraud.
The results, released on Monday by the National Election Committee (NEC), found the incumbent premier's long-ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) had edged the hotly disputed election, taking 3.2 million votes to the opposition's 2.9 million.
The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has rejected the results, demanding an independent probe into its allegation that the election was tarnished by massive vote-rigging.
Party officials lodged a complaint with the NEC on Wednesday.