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Opposition Asks King To Enter National Affairs

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and other parliamentarians requested the intervention of King Norodom Sihamoni to improve the lives of the people and resolve longstanding border disputes with Thailand and Vietnam.

Eighteen opposition members met with the king on Tuesday, who “has concerns and pays attention to these issues,” Sam Rainsy told VOA Khmer.

Sam Rainsy pointed to job losses in the wake of the economic crisis, loss of property in land grabs, abuse of the courts and encroachment along the border as issues facing the country and requiring royal intervention.

Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Cheam Yiep said Sam Rainsy had the right to raise the issues, but he should ensure the allegations are true. He rejected criticism of human rights abuses and said no border violations have occurred.