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Cambodian opposition chief says biggest-ever protests to start Sunday

English.news.cn   2013-12-21 21:00:10            

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia's opposition party leader Sam Rainsy said that the biggest-ever protests against the Prime Minister Hun Sen's government would begin from Sunday as the party's daily protests in the capital entered the seventh day on Saturday.

"Political tsunami in Cambodia will start from tomorrow," Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), told a rally of about 5,000 supporters at the capital's Freedom Park Saturday afternoon after he led them to march on streets.

He said that Sunday's largest-ever demonstrations are to demand Prime Minister Hun Sen to resign or to call a re-election after allegations of serious irregularities during the July's general election.

"I would like to appeal to all garment workers and civil servants to join the Sunday protests," Sam Rainsy said.

Premier Hun Sen, who has ruled the country for 28 years, said Friday that he would neither step down nor hold a re-election because he has done nothing wrong.

"I have ascended to the Prime Minister through the constitution. If I descend, it will also be through the constitution," he said. "Therefore, I confirm that there is no re-election because no one can dissolve the National Assembly and no mechanism states about a snap election before the end of the term."

According to the article 78 of the constitution, the premier said, the National Assembly shall not be dissolved before the end of its five-year term, except when the royal government is twice deposed within a period of twelve months.

"So, in Cambodia, the Prime Minister, the King, and the National Assembly itself have no rights to dissolve the parliament, " he said.

The premier also warned to take legal action against protesters if they blocked highways or captured government buildings.

Political dispute between the Hun Sen's ruling party and the Sam Rainsy's opposition party has persisted since July's election results showed that the ruling party won a majority of vote with 68 parliamentary seats against 55 seats for the opposition.

The opposition refused to accept the outcome and has boycotted parliament since then.

Despite the opposition's boycott, the ruling party-formed parliament voted on Sept. 24 for the establishment of a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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