PHNOM PENH, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday announced that it would launch a mass protest on Oct. 23 in order to submit a petition to the United Nations.
"A mass protest will be held on Oct.23 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the Freedom Park (in Phnom Penh) in order to submit a petition to the United Nations and signatory countries of the Paris Accord through the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Office to Cambodia," the CNRP said in a statement.
The statement said that prior to the mass demonstration, the CNRP would organize a public congress at the Freedom Park on Oct. 6 in order to decide the party's stance.
The Cambodian parliament, formed by the ruling party's 68 lawmakers, on Tuesday voted for the formation of a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen even though the opposition's 55 legislators boycotted the session since it refused to accept the results of the July 28 election.
CNRP leader Sam Rainsy announced Wednesday that his party did not recognize the Hun Sen-led government, claiming that the newly- formed government was a violation of the constitution.
He warned to call a nationwide general strike for factory workers, civil servants and shopkeepers if the ruling party did not agree to an independent poll probe committee to look into alleged electoral fraud.
Also, he called on the international community to condemn the government and urged big foreign companies not to sign any agreements with Cambodia.
However, Hun Sen defended that his government was "legitimate" since the nation's King Norodom Sihamoni had given his endorsement. "This government is a legitimate government, which was born from the election and was endorsed by the king," the prime minister said during the first cabinet meeting on Wednesday.