CNRP agrees to take up parliament seats
Following a five hour meeting with the government today the main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has agreed to take up its 55 seats in the National Assembly.
The CNRP had been boycotting parliament since September last year following the general election on 28th July which they say had been rigged and in which they accused the electoral commission of siding with the government.
The five hour meeting between Prime Minister Hun Sen of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and opposition leader Sam Rainsy finalised details of a deal where a new National Election Committee will have nine members: four selected by the CPP, four by the CNRP and a ninth member elected by members of the National Assembly.
The CNRP won 55 seats in last year’s general election, an increase of 26 seats whilst the CPP dropped 22 seats to 68 seats in the 123 seat National Assembly. At the time Human Rights Watch said “The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) appears to have been involved in electoral fraud in Cambodia’s July 28, 2013 national elections, according to residents and ruling party officials interviewed by Human Rights Watch. All allegations of election fraud and other irregularities, including bias in the election machinery, should be promptly investigated by an independent commission”.
Following the election the CNRP refused to take up its National Assembly seats and organised a series of protests some of which were violent and which have persisted ever since.