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Opposition chief vows to liberate Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) — Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Sunday called for people to join forces with his party to rescue the country from the current leadership.

“We vow to mobilize nationalists to stand up and struggle in order to liberate our motherland from the dictators and the bandits, who are looting, robbing our national properties and abusing poor and common people throughout Cambodia,” Sam Rainsy, president of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), spoke to hundreds of supporters at Angkor Wat Temple in northwestern Siem Reap province during a prayer ceremony.

He said the ceremony was to pray to former Cambodian Kings to protect the nationalists and the CNRP’s victory in the parliamentary election on July 28.

“We will struggle for real democracy, human rights and dignity, ” he said.

Initial results showed that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen won the poll with 68 seats of the 123-seat National Assembly, while the CNRP got the remaining 55 seats.

But the CNRP rejected the results due to alleged irregularities, claiming that the party should win 63 seats, with the CPP getting the remaining 60 seats if alleged irregularities were fairly resolved.

Sam Rainsy did not say how to liberate Cambodia from the current leadership. But he had repeatedly threatened to boycott the new parliamentary session and call for mass demonstrations against the poll results if an independent probe committee was not formed.

Soldiers, police and military police with armored vehicles have been deployed on the outskirts of capital Phnom Penh since early this month in case of the opposition’s mass protests.

Under the constitution, a new parliament will be inaugurated no later than 60 days after the election.

Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that a new parliament and a new government would be sworn in as scheduled despite the opposition’ s boycott.

Hun Sen, 61, who has been in power for 28 years, will extend his term by five years through the election victory.


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