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Cambodian opposition lawmakers sworn in, ending boycott of parliament over election dispute

  • Cambodia's main opposition leader Sam Rainsy, foreground right, and his Deputy President Kem Sokha, foreground left, pose for photographs with their party lawmakers inside Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Cambodia’s opposition lawmakers-elect took sworn in Tuesday, to get their official parliamentary immunity by ending their 10-months boycott of parliament. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodia's main opposition leader Sam Rainsy, foreground right, and his Deputy President Kem Sokha, foreground left, pose for photographs with their party lawmakers inside Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Cambodia’s opposition lawmakers-elect took sworn in Tuesday, to get their official parliamentary immunity by ending their 10-months boycott of parliament. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lawmakers of Cambodia National Rescue Party, the country's main opposition, go into an entrance to attend the swearing ceremony in Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Cambodia’s opposition lawmakers-elect took sworn in Tuesday, to get their official parliamentary immunity by ending their 10-months boycott of parliament. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Lawmakers of Cambodia National Rescue Party, the country's main opposition, go into an entrance to attend the swearing ceremony in Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Cambodia’s opposition lawmakers-elect took sworn in Tuesday, to get their official parliamentary immunity by ending their 10-months boycott of parliament. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cambodia's main opposition leader Sam Rainsy sits in a car after the swearing ceremony with his party lawmakers inside Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Cambodia’s opposition lawmakers-elect took sworn in Tuesday, to get their official parliamentary immunity by ending their 10-months boycott of parliament. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

    Cambodia's main opposition leader Sam Rainsy sits in a car after the swearing ceremony with his party lawmakers inside Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Cambodia’s opposition lawmakers-elect took sworn in Tuesday, to get their official parliamentary immunity by ending their 10-months boycott of parliament. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)  (The Associated Press)

Members of Cambodia's opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have been sworn in as National Assembly lawmakers, officially ending a deadlock that began when they charged that the results of a general election a year ago were rigged.

Party leader Sam Rainsy and 54 colleagues took their oaths Tuesday before King Norodom Sihamoni inside the Royal Palace.

The opposition agreed to take their seats after reaching a deal two weeks ago with Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People's Party for the implementation of political reforms and sharing of leadership positions in National Assembly committees. Hun Sen's party holds 68 seats in the assembly, which is to open on Friday.