Cambodian opposition leader set to become lawmaker
Published on Jul 24, 2014 5:39 PM
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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