Cambodia’s opposition calls for halt to foreign investment

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Cambodia tonle sapCambodia’s opposition on October 29 called on the international community to refrain from investing in or providing aid to prime minister Hun Sen’s government as the two sides remained stalled in talks in a deadlock over disputed national elections.

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said in a public statement that it could not guarantee that any agreements made with Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) would be honored if a political resolution to the election dispute saw the CNRP tasked with leading a new government.

The CNRP, if it takes power, “will not recognise or reexamine any loan contracts or investment licenses related to state-provided properties that involve the current government,” the opposition said in a statement obtained by RFA’s Khmer Service.

“The election result is still in question,” it said, due to what the CNRP claims are unresolved irregularities in the July 28 polls.

The government-appointed National Election Committee awarded the CPP 68 parliamentary seats to the CNRP’s 55 in the election, but the opposition says it was robbed of victory and wants to examine what it says were widespread voting irregularities.

The CNRP has also slammed the CPP’s unilateral formation of the National Assembly – the country’s parliament – in a move it says has taken Cambodia “back to a one-party system of governance.”

Hun Sen, whose 28-year rule of the country was extended through his party’s victory, has said the formation of parliament was legal and has rejected claims of election irregularities.

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Cambodia’s opposition on October 29 called on the international community to refrain from investing in or providing aid to prime minister Hun Sen’s government as the two sides remained stalled in talks in a deadlock over disputed national elections. The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said in a public statement that it could not guarantee that any agreements made with Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) would be honored if a political resolution to the election dispute saw the CNRP tasked with leading a new government. The CNRP, if it takes power, “will not recognise or reexamine any...

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Cambodia tonle sapCambodia’s opposition on October 29 called on the international community to refrain from investing in or providing aid to prime minister Hun Sen’s government as the two sides remained stalled in talks in a deadlock over disputed national elections.

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said in a public statement that it could not guarantee that any agreements made with Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) would be honored if a political resolution to the election dispute saw the CNRP tasked with leading a new government.

The CNRP, if it takes power, “will not recognise or reexamine any loan contracts or investment licenses related to state-provided properties that involve the current government,” the opposition said in a statement obtained by RFA’s Khmer Service.

“The election result is still in question,” it said, due to what the CNRP claims are unresolved irregularities in the July 28 polls.

The government-appointed National Election Committee awarded the CPP 68 parliamentary seats to the CNRP’s 55 in the election, but the opposition says it was robbed of victory and wants to examine what it says were widespread voting irregularities.

The CNRP has also slammed the CPP’s unilateral formation of the National Assembly – the country’s parliament – in a move it says has taken Cambodia “back to a one-party system of governance.”

Hun Sen, whose 28-year rule of the country was extended through his party’s victory, has said the formation of parliament was legal and has rejected claims of election irregularities.

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