Two opposition leaders said Friday they would continue to
push the international community to support their denial of July's election
results, following a series of hearings this week that dismissed their
complaints of fraud and calls for a re-vote.
The Sam Rainsy and Human Rights parties maintain the
election results were fraudulent and have called for a nationwide re-vote,
citing a number of irregularities during the run-up to the election and on the
day of the polls.
The parties are now seeking international lawyers to
complain of irregularities to the US
government, the EU and the UN, and to call on them "to review their
relationship with the fourth mandate of the Phnom Penh government," opposition
leader Sam Rainsy said Friday. "The Phnom
Penh government has come from an illegal National
Assembly, which came from unfair elections."
Kem Sokha, president of the Human Rights Party, said a
failure of the international community to intervene would lead to "the
death of the democratic process in Cambodia."
Both the National Election Committee and the Constitutional
Council maintain that the elections were legitimate, with the ruling Cambodian
People's Party claiming to have won 90 or 123 National Assembly seats.
According to the NEC, the Sam Rainsy Party won 26 seats and
the Human Rights Party won three.
CPP, Funcinpec and Norodom Ranariddh Party officials say
they will go ahead with a swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected National
Assembly on Sept. 24, but both opposition leaders said Friday their
representatives would boycott the ceremony.
A boycott of the ceremony could lead to a further delay in
the formation of a new government.