Cambodian opposition threatens protest

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s opposition party says it will call for a street protest if demands for an investigation of irregularities in the country’s recent general election are not met.

Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy told a rally of several thousand supporters Tuesday that the protest would take place if the state National Election Committee failed to accept conditions for an investigation. Earlier, he said his party will not accept the results of last month’s vote that the committee will announce Saturday.

He repeated a demand that a special committee including Cambodian and foreign election observers be established to investigate allegations of fraud in the July 28 polls.

Provisional results favor the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s claim to having won 68 seats of 123 National Assembly seats against the opposition’s 55.

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