Cambodia’s opposition plans huge mass protest

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Cambodia National Rescue PartyThe Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the country’s main opposition party led by Sam Rainsy, threatened on August 28 to hold daily demonstrations for a week starting from August 30 and climaxing with a huge mass rally on September 7 in Phnom Penh on the eve of an expected announcement of final results of the controversial national elections on July 28.

The National Election Committee of Cambodia, which oversees the country’s elections, has said it will release final results by September 8 and, barring any surprises, many expect an announcement giving a win to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

However, election officials acknowledged the mishandling of sealed ballot records in several provinces, stoking concerns over the accuracy of poll results. The CNRP has claimed widespread irregularities and has lodged protests with Cambodia’s highest court, the Constitutional Council, which is conducting a review of the complaints.

The CNRP said that if no progress is made on forming a joint committee between the CPP and CNRP to probe election irregularities, the party will lead “nonviolent, massive demonstrations.”

The party said it will hold daily rallys in the week leading up to September 7 to prepare for the main protest. Concerns over security were growing after the government deployed additional military forces in the city following the elections. Government spokesman Phay Siphan has previously warned that police will retaliate and demonstration leaders will be held responsible before the law if demonstrations turn violent or affect national security.

The CNRP claims it won at least 63 seats in the National Assembly and has complained of massive irregularities including 1 million voters being delisted from the electoral rolls, and calls for a UN-backed investigation.

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The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the country’s main opposition party led by Sam Rainsy, threatened on August 28 to hold daily demonstrations for a week starting from August 30 and climaxing with a huge mass rally on September 7 in Phnom Penh on the eve of an expected announcement of final results of the controversial national elections on July 28.

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Cambodia National Rescue PartyThe Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the country’s main opposition party led by Sam Rainsy, threatened on August 28 to hold daily demonstrations for a week starting from August 30 and climaxing with a huge mass rally on September 7 in Phnom Penh on the eve of an expected announcement of final results of the controversial national elections on July 28.

The National Election Committee of Cambodia, which oversees the country’s elections, has said it will release final results by September 8 and, barring any surprises, many expect an announcement giving a win to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

However, election officials acknowledged the mishandling of sealed ballot records in several provinces, stoking concerns over the accuracy of poll results. The CNRP has claimed widespread irregularities and has lodged protests with Cambodia’s highest court, the Constitutional Council, which is conducting a review of the complaints.

The CNRP said that if no progress is made on forming a joint committee between the CPP and CNRP to probe election irregularities, the party will lead “nonviolent, massive demonstrations.”

The party said it will hold daily rallys in the week leading up to September 7 to prepare for the main protest. Concerns over security were growing after the government deployed additional military forces in the city following the elections. Government spokesman Phay Siphan has previously warned that police will retaliate and demonstration leaders will be held responsible before the law if demonstrations turn violent or affect national security.

The CNRP claims it won at least 63 seats in the National Assembly and has complained of massive irregularities including 1 million voters being delisted from the electoral rolls, and calls for a UN-backed investigation.

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