Cambodia’s election committee on Sunday handed victory to the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, ending the legal avenues open to the opposition. The country has been stuck in a political impasse since the July poll, with the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of Mr. Hun Sen claiming victory despite vociferous calls from opposition leader Sam Rainsy for a probe into the alleged ballot fraud.
The election authority confirmed that the CPP won 3.2 million votes to take 68 seats nationally; the CNRP’s 2.9 million, which took 55 seats.. While the CPP hailed the announcement, Mr. Rainsy rejected the tally, insisting that the loss would not blunt his party’s efforts. — AFP.