Hun Sen says ready to talk to opposition after disputed polls
PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - Cambodia's long-serving leader Hun Sen said on Wednesday that his party was ready to talk to the opposition after both sides claimed victory in Sunday's general election, talking of the need for compromise but calling himself "prime minister-elect".
"We open our heart to compromise in order to create a parliamentary leadership," Mr Hun Sen said while on an inspection of a bridge construction site, his first public appearance since the election and his first comments on the deadlock.
"We have to respect the people's decision and if we don't, and turn to violence ... that would lead to chaos in the whole country and this is not what people want to see," he said.
The election campaign and voting on Sunday were largely peaceful but Phnom Penh remains tense because of the political stand-off. Police and the military are maintaining a presence on the streets, although business is mostly back to normal.