Parliament opens without opposition lawmakers
The opening of parliament has taken place without the presence of the 55 Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmakers elected on 28th July in the general election.
The CNRP objected to the results of the elections saying that election day fraud had deprived them of eight seats in the 123 seat National Assembly. Although there have been negotiations between the CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to try and resolve the dispute there was no breakthrough.
The CNRP had asked King Norodom Sihamoni to prevent the opening of parliament until a solution was found but the opening ceremony went ahead today.
The 68 lawmakers of the CPP, the only other party with elected representatives and the ruling party continued with the ceremony. The two sides are still arguing over the constitutional legitimacy of any government appointed without the presence of all lawmakers.
The King reappointed Hun Sen as Prime Minister.