PHNOM PENH, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen won a majority vote in the July 28 general election, according to the initial official results released by the National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday.
Hun Sen, who has ruled the country for 28 years, will continue to stay in power for another five years through the victory.
The committee's preliminary tally of the popular vote showed Hun Sen's party got 3,235,969 votes and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of longtime opposition leader Sam Rainsy received 2,946,176 votes.
"Political parties can file complaints against a part of the results or the whole results to the NEC or the Constitutional Council," NEC's chairman Im Suosdey said in a statement during the release of the results.
The CPP calculated that with its 3,235,969 votes, it won 68 seats of the 123 parliamentary seats, while the CNRP, with its 2, 946,176 votes, got the remaining 55 seats.
But CNRP President Sam Rainsy rejected the results, claiming serious irregularities during the poll, and called for the establishment of an independent poll probe committee or he would lead nationwide protests.
As of Monday, the proposed independent committee, which is seen as the only body to peacefully resolve the dispute between the two parties over the poll results, has not been set up yet due to disagreement over committee members.
Sam Rainsy on Sunday once again threatened to call mass protests against the results if an independent committee still could not be formed.
Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng said last Friday soldiers and armored vehicles have been deployed on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, to ensure security and stability after Sam Rainsy has repeatedly called for mass protests against the results.
According to the NEC, the official results will be released between Aug. 16 and Sept. 8.
A new parliament will be established no later than 60 days after the election, according to the constitution.