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Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy endorsed by Parliament

Published on Jul 28, 2014 3:21 PM
 
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy smiles as he sits in a car traveling toward the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on July 24, 2014. Cambodia's Parliament endorsed opposition leader Sam Rainsy as a lawmaker on Monday as part of a deal with long-term rival Prime Minister Hun Sen that both leaders hailed as an end to a year-long political crisis. -- PHOTO: AFP 

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - Cambodia's Parliament endorsed opposition leader Sam Rainsy as a lawmaker on Monday as part of a deal with long-term rival Prime Minister Hun Sen that both leaders hailed as an end to a year-long political crisis.

Cambodia has been without an effective Parliament since Sam Rainsy's opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), rejected a 2013 election claiming widespread voter fraud and boycotted parliament.

The political crisis saw some of the country's biggest street rallies ever and led to violent crackdowns on protesters and striking garment workers, which alarmed major clothing brands that outsource manufacturing to Cambodia, such as Nike, Gap and Adidas.

Mr Hun Sen, the self-styled "strongman" of Cambodian politics, shook hands with a smiling Mr Rainsy to cement an agreement that would see reform of the National Election Commission and Parliament and bigger legislative clout for the opposition.

 
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