A demonstration called by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Phnom Penh has cooled down as only 3,000 to 4,000 protestors was present at the Democracy Square in late December 15.

The CNRP said earlier that “tens of thousands people” would take part in the demonstration from early morning in a bid to urge the Government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to hold a new election for the National Assembly.

CNRP leader Sam Rainsy, who showed up at the rally two hours later than planned, said from now on the party would hold a protest every day to demand a snap election.

Before the rally taking place, Phnom Penh authorities in a sudden move have allowed the demonstrators to march on some designated streets in the capital.

According to official results of the July polls, the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won 68 seats against 55 for the opposition. The opposition refused to accept the outcome and boycotted parliament since then in order to call for an independent probe into the alleged irregularities during the poll, but the ruling party rejected the call, saying it was against the nation's constitution.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the door remained open for further negotiations with the CNRP, but rejected the opposition's call for a re-election.-VNA