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Cambodian King calls for solution to election disputes

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King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia has called on the ruling and opposition parties to continue with dialogue to seek a peaceful solution to issues arising after the results of the fifth parliamentary election on July 28 were announced.

The king's appeal came in a royal message on August 7 after the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) rejected the preliminary results of the July 28 election and warned to hold nationwide mass protests and to boycott the upcoming first parliamentary session.

The initial unofficial results showed that the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won 68 of the 123 parliamentary seats while CNRP took the remaining 55 seats.

However, CNRP did not recognise the results and called on the United Nations to act as a "referee" in a proposed poll probe committee.

Meanwhile, the Cambodian National Election Committee (NEC) allowed only the establishment of a committee including the NEC, CPP and CNRP as members, with national, international or UN officials as observers, said NEC Chairman Im Suosdey.

The results of the election will be officially released by the NEC between August 14 and September 8, the king said.-VNA
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