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Thousands protest in Cambodia as opposition rejects poll result

Thousands of supporters of Cambodia’s main opposition party rallied on Tuesday to demand an international inquiry into the recent general election, rejecting the victory claimed by long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, who shows no sign of stepping aside.

The election revealed widespread unhappiness with his iron-fisted rule, and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is trying to capitalise on that while emotion still runs high, especially among younger Cambodians eager for change.

CNRP leader Sam Rainsy, who returned from exile to galvanise the campaign of the newly merged opposition for the July 28 poll, has already said he should be prime minister and told the crowd in a Phnom Penh park he rejected the idea of a coalition.

“We won’t get involved in the destruction of the nation with them,” he said, addressing a demand to Hun Sen: “We just want you to step down as soon as possible.”

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