Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cambodian king calls for post-election harmony

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's king has issued a public statement calling for a peaceful resolution of the country's political standoff following contested elections last week.

King Norodom Sihamoni's message Wednesday came a day after the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party threatened to hold a massive protest to demand an impartial investigation of alleged widespread electoral irregularities.

The ruling Cambodian People's Party says it won 68 of the 123 National Assembly seats against the opposition's 55 in the July 28 polls. Long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen has made clear he expects another term.

Hun Sen's tough reputation has raised fears he might use force to quash the protest. Final election results are to be announced next week, or next month if official protests are filed.

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