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Cambodian opposition leader threatens street protests unless vote fraud claims investigated

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy has told thousands of supporters that his party will stage massive protests unless an independent committee begins investigating alleged irregularities in last month's election.

Sam Rainsy said at a rally Monday in the capital Phnom Penh that the protests would be held before the expected Sept. 8 ratification of election results hand victory to Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party.

Official results from the July 28 polls give Hun Sen's Cambodian People Party 68 National Assembly seats against 55 for the Cambodia National Rescue Party. Sam Rainsy says his party would have won 63 seats if the election was fair.

Hun Sen moved troops and armored vehicles into the capital after the opposition first threatened protests several weeks ago, sparking fears of violent clashes.