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Cambodian opposition parties’ boycott in 2013 election good for other parties: PM

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that the country’s two major opposition parties’ threats to boycott a general election in July next year would give chance to other parties to win seats in the parliament.

“It (boycott) is good, other political parties can prepare themselves. Voters can cast their ballots for the Cambodian People ‘ s Party (CPP) or other participating parties,” he told a graduation ceremony at the National University of Management.

The remarks were made after the two parties–the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party–said Monday that they are considering boycotting next year’s general election, accusing the National Election Committee of linking to the ruling CPP of Prime Minister Hun Sen. “You lose by yourselves, you should not get angry with the referees,”he said, referring to the two opposition parties’ request to the Ministry of Interior last week to change the components of the National Election Committee (NEC), but the request was rejected.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has been in power for 27 years.

Cambodia holds general elections every five years. During last election in July 2008, the CPP won 90 seats out of the 123 seats in the National Assembly, followed by the Sam Rainsy Party with 26 seats, the Human Rights Party three seats, the Norodom Ranariddh Party two seats and the Funcinpec Party two seats.

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