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CNRP will not attend first session of parliament: Rainsy

Published: 19-Sep-13 04:12PM

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PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Opposition party leader Sam Rainsy said on Thursday that his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) will not join the government and attend the National Assembly’s first session on Sept. 23, if the hopes of the Cambodian people don't come into fruition.

"Please compatriots don’t worry about the position of the Cambodia National Rescue Party," Sam Rainsy posted on his Facebook page.

"The Cambodia National Rescue Party still holds firm, meet doesn’t mean join," he said, referring to the three days of meetings with the ruling party leaders, two of which were held at the National Assembly.

"The meetings just show our morality and our position to find peaceful solutions to any issues," he said.

Sam Rainsy added that as long as there's still no fair outcome for voters, and the hopes of the Cambodian people haven't been ensured, the CNRP will not come together with any party.

The opposition leader made the comment regarding the CNRP’s boycott of the parliamentary session just four days before the National Assembly is expected to convene in its first session.

The King on Wednesday urged all 55 elected lawmakers of the opposition party to attend the first session of parliament to show unification and national unity.

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Thursday said their 68 elected lawmakers are ready for the session under the chairmanship of King.

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