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Opposition Gives Government ‘Three Months’ To Resolve Election Complaints

  • Heng Reaksmey
  • VOA Khmer

Cambodia National Rescue Party Deputy President Kem Sokha greets supporters during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The party led by opposition leader Sam Rainsy, rallied for the second day, calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen's government to hold re-election. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodia National Rescue Party Deputy President Kem Sokha greets supporters during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The party led by opposition leader Sam Rainsy, rallied for the second day, calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen's government to hold re-election. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Opposition officials said Tuesday they will give the government three months to hold a new election, or they will lead a movement in hopes of toppling its leadership.

Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, said the government is harming its citizens and will face “people power” as a result.

“I cannot stop people’s anger if the government cannot find them justice,” he said.

The opposition says it lost July’s election to irregularities and fraud. It has boycotted the new government and is calling for continued demonstrations until a credible investigation is held or a new election is organized.

But Cambodia has no re-election law, said Tep Nitha, secretary-general of the National Election Committee. “So I don’t know which institution is responsible for solving the [opposition’s] demands.”
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