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Cambodian Senate Voted on Block Vote - 2004-07-12

FUNCINPEC and CPP senators voted Monday to support the "Block vote" ending the 11-month political deadlock in Cambodia.

Forty-eight of the forty-nine senators present showed their support on the procedure to elect the National Assembly and the Prime Minister simultaneously.

Opposition party president, Mr. Sam Rainsy, said the seven senators from his party boycotted the session and opposed to the block vote which he called a "constitutional coup."

In a message from Pyongyang, North Korea, Cambodian King Sihanouk said he would not sign the addition to the constitution that calls for the "block vote." The King said it's up to the acting head of state, Mr. Chea Sim, to sign it or not.