Wed, 31 July 2013May Titthara
Prime Minister Hun Sen said this afternoon he would “welcome” an international investigation into the contested results of Sunday’s election.
The remarks, his first public comments since the election, came after opposition leader Sam Rainsy announced the party had done far better than the preliminary government results had suggested and called for the premier to step down.
“For the sake of free and fair elections, I welcome the international community, all political parties and the NEC to investigate this,” he told reporters, while speaking at the opening of a bridge in Stung Meanchey.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has called for a joint committee made up of representatives of all parties and international monitors to review the results of Sunday’s election, which gave the ruling Cambodian People’s Party 68 seats to the CNRP’s 55.
The government had previously shot down such a proposal.
Hun Sen also said he would be happy to speak with Rainsy, saying “the CPP had an open heart to talk to the CNRP.”
Shooting down rumours that he had fled, Hun Sen stressed that he would not “leave the country when my people are suffering” and said that no one from the party had fired him from the position of premier.