Cambodian opposition stages new rally in capital

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Posted: Oct 06, 2013 9:20 AM
Cambodian opposition stages new rally in capital

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Supporters of Cambodia's opposition party staged another mass rally in the capital on Sunday to protest the country's disputed July election.

Around 10,000 people turned out for the rally in Phnom Penh, part of an opposition push to demand an independent probe be set up to investigate alleged cheating during the vote.

Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party has refused the demand, however, and both sides are in a stalemate, with the opposition boycotting parliament.

The rally was aimed at figuring out how to resolve the political deadlock, and trying to win support for a petition asking the U.N. to support the party's election claims.

Hun Sen's party performed unexpectedly weakly in the election, emerging with its poorest results in more than a decade to see its majority wither in the 123-seat National Assembly. The opposition, running on a newly unified slate, boosted its number of elected lawmakers to 55, up from 29.

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The opposition has few options to force Hun Sen to negotiate. Last month, it threatened to launch a nationwide general strike.