|Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (R) and his wife Bun Rany gesture as they leave for a visit to Vietnam in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Dec. 26, 2013. (Xinhua/Sovannara)
PHNOM PENH, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen left here Thursday for a three-day visit to Vietnam to boost ties as the opposition's protests to demand his resignation and a re- vote has entered the 12th day.
The prime minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol, Finance Minister Aun Porn Moniroth, Chief of Border Affairs Var Kimhong, Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana, Information Minister Khieu Kanharith, and Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron, as well as other senior officials. "During the visit, Prime Minister Hun Sen will hold a bilateral talk with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung," Sry Thamarong, minister attached to Prime Minister Hun Sen, told reporters at the Phnom Penh International Airport before departure. "The two premiers will also witness the signing ceremony of nine agreements including a treaty on extradition as well as those on cooperation in public security, trade, bridge construction, education, and information," he said.
Besides, the prime minister will pay separate courtesy calls on Nguyen Sinh Hung, president of the Vietnamese National Assembly, Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, and Nguyen Phu Trong, secretary general of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
Hun Sen makes the visit to Vietnam as political dispute at home remains tense. Since Dec. 15, the country's main opposition party has launched a new round of daily protests in the capital to demand his resignation or a re-election following allegations of serious fraud during the July's election.
The July's poll results showed that the Hun Sen's ruling party won a majority of vote with 68 parliamentary seats against 55 seats for the Sam Rainsy's opposition party, but the opposition refused to accept the outcome and has boycotted parliament since then.
Hun Sen said on Friday last week that he would neither step down nor call a re-vote because he has done nothing wrong.
He also warned the opposition of its outlawed protests, saying the government would take legal action against protesters if they try to block highways or capture government buildings.
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