PHNOM PENH, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Several hundreds of military police officers ejected Prince Sisowath Thomico, a senior member of the opposition party, from the historical Wat Phnom site late Friday night, where he was holding a hunger strike.
"Prince Thomico and over a dozen of citizens and Buddhist monks were forcefully expelled from the site at 10:45 p.m. at Friday night," Prince Sisowath Chakrinupol, who accompanied Thomico during the strike, told Xinhua by telephone on Saturday. "We were meditating at the site, but they did not allow."
Thomico, the cousin of King Norodom Sihamoni, began his hunger strike on Friday morning, calling for a political solution over the contested July 28 election results that gave victory to Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party.
The prince ran as an opposition party's parliamentary candidate for Southwestern Preah Sihanouk province in the July 28 election, but failed to win a seat.
The official election results showed that the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Hun Sen won 68 out of the 123 parliamentary seats, and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of Sam Rainsy got 55 seats.
The CNRP rejected the results, claiming serious vote fraud and demanding the formation of an independent poll probe committee, but the CPP rejected the request, saying the move was against the country's constitution and the election results were already ratified.
King Norodom Sihamoni last week invited all the 123 elected lawmakers to attend the opening session of the parliament on Sept. 23, but Sam Rainsy announced on Friday that the CNRP would not attend the session if there was not an appropriate solution to the alleged poll irregularities.
"Our party's last stance is that we will not attend the opening session of new parliament on Sept. 23 if there are no more talks with the ruling CPP in order to resolve the contested election results," Sam Rainsy said at a press conference at the party's headquarters in Phnom Penh. "The opening session of parliament should be postponed."
He also called for the resumption of talks with the CPP in order to find the truth for voters, or there could be another mass protest against the opening of the new parliament.
The leaders of the two parties -- Hun Sen and Sam Rainsy -- had held two rounds of talks earlier this week, aiming at finding a way to break through the political impasse, but failed to reach any remarkable agreement.
Hun Sen has said that his party has enough lawmakers to override any opposition parliamentary boycott and form a new government.