Cambodia’s opposition launches daily protests

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Cambodia protestThe opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) launched a campaign of daily demonstrations that started on December 15 in a bid to force a re-election following disputed July 2013 polls.

CNRP President Sam Rainsy and other leaders declared at a rally attended by about 10,000 supporters that they will continue to hold protests every day for three months throughout the country demanding new elections after the July 28 polls were marred by claims of fraud and other irregularities.

The party’s deputy president, Kem Sokha, warned that there will be a mass movement to topple the government if Hun Sen, who has held power for 28 years, does not call for a re-election.

The CNRP’s demonstrations will be held “every day non-stop,” Rainsy said, calling it a non-violent attempt to bring about change based on democratic principles. The opposition, which put up one of its best election performances in the July vote, has boycotted parliament, saying it was robbed of victory due to fraud and other irregularities, including the removal of one million voters from the July poll register.

However, a government spokesman dismissed the opposition’s call for a new poll, saying it had failed to prove any voting irregularities.

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The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) launched a campaign of daily demonstrations that started on December 15 in a bid to force a re-election following disputed July 2013 polls.

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Cambodia protestThe opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) launched a campaign of daily demonstrations that started on December 15 in a bid to force a re-election following disputed July 2013 polls.

CNRP President Sam Rainsy and other leaders declared at a rally attended by about 10,000 supporters that they will continue to hold protests every day for three months throughout the country demanding new elections after the July 28 polls were marred by claims of fraud and other irregularities.

The party’s deputy president, Kem Sokha, warned that there will be a mass movement to topple the government if Hun Sen, who has held power for 28 years, does not call for a re-election.

The CNRP’s demonstrations will be held “every day non-stop,” Rainsy said, calling it a non-violent attempt to bring about change based on democratic principles. The opposition, which put up one of its best election performances in the July vote, has boycotted parliament, saying it was robbed of victory due to fraud and other irregularities, including the removal of one million voters from the July poll register.

However, a government spokesman dismissed the opposition’s call for a new poll, saying it had failed to prove any voting irregularities.

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