Hun Sen renamed Cambodia PM as opposition boycotts Parliament
PHNOM PENH (AP) - Long-serving Cambodian strongman Hun Sen began another five-year term as prime minister on Tuesday, declaring his victory "historic" despite accusations of rigged elections, mass protests and a boycott of Parliament by the opposition.
Ruling party lawmakers renamed Hun Sen as prime minister of the South-east Asian nation in a parliamentary vote that was boycotted by the opposition. Mr Hun Sen, who has ruled virtually unchallenged for nearly three decades, took the oath of office with fellow Cabinet members in front of King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace later in the day.
The opposition's 55 elected lawmakers stayed away from Parliament's opening session on Monday and again on Tuesday over allegations the country's disputed July ballot was marred by fraud, while the ruling Cambodian People's Party's 68 lawmakers renamed Mr Hun Sen to his post.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he would announce the party's next step on Wednesday but called Mr Hun Sen's re-appointment a "constitutional coup".