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Negotiations between the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP over an investigation into election irregularities stalled Monday after the National Election Committee released official preliminary election results that supported the ruling party’s claim of victory in the July 28 election.
CNRP president Sam Rainsy on Monday defended his recent Facebook posts urging police and soldiers to “stand up” with the people and “demand” a change of government, and dismissed claims from the ruling CPP that he was inciting a coup.
The National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday morning released its first official election results, which were nearly identical to unofficial results released by the NEC in the days following the election, showing a clear CPP victory in the July 28 poll.
The National Election Committee will release preliminary election results at 9 a.m. today despite ongoing talks between the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP over how to investigate alleged irregularities in the electoral process.
The opposition CNRP on Saturday denied remarks made by Information Minister Khieu Kanharith claiming that the ruling CPP and CNRP had met on Friday in part to discuss how power would be shared in the National Assembly during the next mandate.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has requested U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to send observers to monitor an investigation being carried out by the National Election Committee into irregularities at polling stations on July 28.
Despite failing to win enough votes in the July 28 election to become lawmakers, at least three sons of some of the ruling CPP’s most high-ranking members will still take up seats in Parliament when the next government is formed, senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said Wednesday.
CNRP chief whip Son Chhay and CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun engaged in a heated radio debate on Sunday evening that descended into acrimony when both officials argued over the legitimacy of recent attempts by the ruling CPP to ban the opposition from sitting in the National Assembly.
A joint-party task force that the National Election Committee (NEC) on Saturday announced would be set up to investigate alleged irregularities during the July 28 national election was abruptly abandoned Sunday, with NEC President Im Suosdey announcing that his organization will instead push ahead with its own investigation.
The U.S. has called for a credible investigation into allegations of irregularities during Sunday’s National Assembly election, which the ruling CPP has said it won with a much reduced number of seats.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday again admitted publicly to breaking the law when he helped opposition leader Kem Sokha escape arrest for an alleged sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl.
Prime Minister Hun Sen instructed senior CPP officials on Wednesday to begin legal action against Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha over his allegations that the ruling party has engaged in a campaign to disrupt the opposition’s election bid.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday took on the role of an inspirational midfield player, figuratively at least, as he used the inauguration of a new football academy in Takeo province to draw a light-hearted analogy likening the CPP to a football team preparing to beat the opposition in the upcoming national election.
When Prime Minister Hun Sen last week accused his main rival in the forthcoming national election of paying a 15-year-old girl for sex, it was more than a sensational allegation. It was also an admission of serious criminal wrongdoing.
A judicial official on Sunday confirmed that the Prey Veng Provincial Court is investigating claims made by the mother of a woman purporting to be the abandoned mistress of opposition leader Kem Sokha that his bodyguards assaulted her at an opposition campaign event held last week.
Last month, it was denying genocide. Then it was adultery with a long-time mistress. Now it is sex with an underage girl. So continued the government’s scathing attack on opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday. And the national election is still more than a month away.
In an ironic twist to the increasingly bitter lead up to next month’s national election, opposition leader Kem Sokha was in the midst of a press conference accusing the CPP of dirty campaign tricks when a woman showed up claiming to be his abandoned and long-suffering mistress.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday denied having persuaded Thai officials to prevent Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Sam Rainsy from entering Thailand last week to promote his new book.
Talk of the country descending into civil war in the run-up to July’s national election continued Monday as Prime Minister Hun Sen reiterated that an election victory for the opposition would ignite nationwide violence that would spill over into neighboring Vietnam.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday threatened to sue opposition members for defamation for statements they allegedly made accusing the ruling CPP of allowing Vietnamese nationals into Cambodia.