Cambodia's Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy to meet again to end crisis

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and main opposition party leader Sam Rainsy are expected to meet this week for their third round of talks aimed at resolving the country's post-election crisis, a senior government official said Monday.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith told reporters that the leaders of the ruling Cambodian People's Party and the Cambodia National Rescue Party will meet Thursday to discuss issues relating to the July election and reform of the National Election Committee.

The leaders met twice in September to narrow their differences in a bid to end the CNRP's boycott of the parliamentary session.

As the talks failed to produce results, both CNRP leader Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha have since led mass protests and rallies around the capital for weeks.

They demand an investigation into suspected vote-rigging by the CPP, and are also calling for a new election. In addition, they demand that Hun Sen, who has ruled the country since 1985, step down.

It remains unclear whether the next meeting will help end the political crisis.

The official results of the July 28 election show the CPP won 68 seats in the 123-seat assembly, while the CNRP got 55 seats.

All 55 elected lawmakers from the CNRP have been boycotting parliament since it first met on Sept. 23.