The newly elected members of three parties in opposition to the ruling coalition will
not swear in later this month, preventing the formation of the
National Assembly and retaining a deadlock in the new government, leaders said Friday.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who held a press conference
with the leaders of the Human Rights and Norodom Ranariddh parties at his Phnom Penh headquarters
Friday, continued to contest the results of last month's national election.
Lawmakers of the three parties will not swear in on Aug. 24, he told reporters.
The three parties together represent an estimated 31 parliamentary seats, with the CPP holding 90 and its partner, Funcinpec, holding two.
"The first meeting on the 24th cannot
happen, because we refuse the election results," Sam Rainsy said.
"My party's stance is the same as the Sam Rainsy and
Norodom Ranariddh parties," Keat Sokhun, vice president of the Human
Rights Party, said. "We will not go to the meeting if there is no
solution to complaints from people who could not vote."
NRP spokesman Muth Chantha said the "boycott" of the meeting did not mean the parties had
abandoned their seats.
"What we want is for the National Election Committee to
respect the will of the people who could not vote, about 1 million [of
them]," he said.
The vow to deadlock the government came as the ruling
Cambodian People's Party swore to push toward establishing the government by
"The government will be set up on Aug. 26, after the
National Assembly opens its first full session on Aug. 24," CPP spokesman
Khieu Kanharith told reporters Friday. "The new cabinet will be bigger
than the last cabinet."
CPP officials maintain they can establish a government
without swearing in all newly elected members, a claim disputed by
constitutional and election law experts.