Published August 02, 2013
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Hopes for a compromise solution to the deadlock over Cambodia's election results have faded with the country's leader saying he can form a new government even if the opposition boycotts parliament.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday during a meeting with farmers that the constitution allows the National Assembly to carry out its tasks with a simple majority of its 123 members present. Several independent nonpartisan agencies say a quorum of at least 120 members must be present to open the assembly session and form a government.
Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party says provisional results show it won 68 of the 123 seats, with the remaining 55 going to the opposition party.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party says it won 63 seats and that voting irregularities were widespread.