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Cambodian opposition leader warns mass demonstration as last resort

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy warned Monday that there are peaceful choices of steps to deal with the irregularities of last month's election, but if his party's demands are denied, mass demonstrations will be staged. Sam Rainsy, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, said his party has chosen three steps to deal with the election irregularities. The first is a strong demand to establish "an ad hoc committee comprising of members from the Cambodia National Rescue Party, the Cambodian People's Party, civil society and the United Nations."

Cambodian opposition leader returns home from exile

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned home to Cambodia on Friday from four years of self-imposed exile in France to take part in the general election that will be held July 28. Sam Rainsy, 64, welcomed by tens of thousands of cheering supporters at Phnom Penh International Airport, told the crowd, "I am very, very happy to see you all here again. I am very impressed and now we are coming here to rescue the nation. We have to go forward together now."

Cambodia should allow opposition leader in poll: US

A top US official Tuesday called on Cambodia to allow opposition leader-in-exile Sam Rainsy to compete in a general election this year expected to sweep the country's strongman leader back into power. "The credibility of these elections will be judged by whether the political opposition is allowed to participate fully and fairly," said Michael Posner, US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour.
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