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Cambodian opposition rally pushes for poll probe

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September 6, 2013 11:20 PM EST | AP


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — More than 10,000 opposition supporters have gathered in Cambodia's capital to repeat their demand for an investigation into alleged election irregularities, a day before the results of the poll six weeks ago are to be ratified.

Provisional results gave 68 National Assembly seats to Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party and 55 to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The opposition says it would have won the majority of seats had the election been fair.

The opposition is demanding that an independent committee look into claims of voter disenfranchisement and vote tampering in the July 28 election. The government-appointed National Election Committee has rejected the demand. The new parliament is supposed to be seated within 60 days of the election.