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Cambodian leader says he expects opposition boycott of Parliament to end by weekend with deal

Cambodia's prime minister says he expects a political stalemate that has seen the opposition boycott Parliament to end by this weekend with a deal between the two sides.

Prime Minister Hun Sen says he and opposition leader Sam Rainsy have tentatively agreed to sign a pact Friday to implement political reforms, so that the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party would take parliamentary seats it won in last July's general election.

The Cambodia Daily newspaper quoted Sam Rainsy as confirming a tentative agreement for a Friday signing.

The opposition challenged the results of the election, alleging it was rigged by Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party.