Xinhua | 2013-8-29
Cambodia's long-time opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Thursday that a
mass protest, planned on Sept. 7, has no intention to overthrow the
current government of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, but to demand
for the poll irregularity probe committee.
nonviolent protest is not aiming to topple the government at all, but to
demand for the establishment of an independent committee to look into
alleged poll irregularities," Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia
National Rescue Party (CNRP), said in a press conference at the party's
He said it was unclear if the party would hold a mass protest only in Phnom Penh City, or throughout the country.
called for the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) to resume
negotiations towards the establishment of a special committee for poll
"If talks between the two parties
towards the formation of an independent poll probe committee have been
resumed, we will cancel our protest plan," he said.
In a letter
to Sam Rainsy on Thursday, Pa Socheatvong, governor of Phnom Penh City,
said that any protest must comply with the Law on Peaceful
Demonstrations and the principle in maintaining public order as stated
"The Phnom Penh Municipality hopes that Mr.
President of the CNRP will have high spirit and real will to cooperate
with authorities to maintain social stability and peace, which are the
genuine aspirations of the Cambodian people," he said in a letter.
country held a general election on July 28. Initial election results
showed that the ruling CPP of Prime Minister Hun Sen won the election
with 68 of the 123 parliamentary seats, while the CNRP of Sam Rainsy got
the remaining 55 seats.
But the CNRP rejected the results,
saying that it should win 63 seats, with the CPP getting the remaining
60 seats if alleged poll irregularities were fairly resolved.
Nytha, secretary general of the National Election Committee, said there
was no need to discuss the formation of any independent committee since
the initial election results had been already released and the final
results would be issued on Sept. 8.
The opposition party has repeatedly threatened to call mass protests against the poll results.
Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng wrote a letter to Sam
Rainsy on Aug. 8, saying that peaceful demonstrations are the rights of
people, but protesters and their leaders must comply with the
regulations of the Law on Peaceful Demonstrations.
"In case that a
protest has led to violence, destruction to national security, and
damage to public or private properties, the protest leaders and
offenders must take full responsibilities in front of the law for
consequences arising from the protest," he warned.
police and military police with armored vehicles have been deployed
around Phnom Penh City since early this month after the opposition's
Under the country's constitution, a new parliament will be inaugurated no later than 60 days after the election.
Minister Hun Sen said on Aug. 2 that a new parliament and a new
government would be established as scheduled despite the opposition's
According to the constitution, he said, a new government
would be formed by a 50 percent plus one majority, or 63 lawmakers, in
the new parliament.
Hun Sen, 61, who has been in power for 28 years, will extend his power for further five years through the election victory.