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Cambodian opposition leader set to become lawmaker

Published on Jul 24, 2014 5:39 PM
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) shakes hands with Sam Rainsy (left), president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), after a meeting at the Senate in central Phnom Penh July 22, 2014. Both men met in an attempt to solve a year-long political crisis in the country after what many saw as a a disputed election. Officials said  Mr Rainsy was due to be sworn in as a lawmaker July 24, 2014 following a deal to end his party's boycott of parliament. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - The leader of Cambodia's opposition will be sworn in as a lawmaker following a deal to end his party's boycott of parliament, officials said Thursday, a year after he was barred from standing for office.

Sam Rainsy, head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), is seen as the main challenger to strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for nearly three decades.

A deal between the two rivals on Tuesday saw the CNRP end a boycott of parliament triggered by last July's disputed election.

The opposition accused Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party of stealing the election by rigging ballots.

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