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Monday 19 February 2018

Cambodia opposition claims majority

President of Cambodia's National Rescue Party Sam Rainsy waves to his party supporters from his car after attending a public forum (AP)
President of Cambodia's National Rescue Party Sam Rainsy waves to his party supporters from his car after attending a public forum (AP)

Cambodia's opposition party has escalated its challenge to the country's election results, claiming it won a majority of National Assembly seats.

The ruling party had earlier made its own claim of victory in Sunday's polls.

Yim Sovann, spokesman for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, said that, based on reports from party workers and election observers, his party had won at least 63 of the assembly's 123 seats. Party leader Sam Rainsy made the same claim late on Tuesday.

Prime minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party earlier claimed it had won 68 seats to the opposition's 55. Provisional official results support the ruling party's projection.

The opposition has already called for an investigation of voting irregularities, including registration problems which could have disenfranchised more than a million people.

Press Association

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