Published September 22, 2013
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – Opposition lawmakers boycotted the opening of Cambodia's parliament Monday to protest what they say was widespread cheating in July elections.
The 55 National Assembly seats belonging to lawmakers elected from the opposition were empty, while 68 lawmakers from Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party were in attendance.
The opposition says it was cheated out of a victory because of electoral fraud. It had vowed for weeks to boycott parliament unless the government agreed to an independent probe of the July 28 election results.
The government has rejected the demand.
Hun Sen is expected to continue his 28 years in power when lawmakers re-elect him as the country's leader Tuesday.