Fifty-five politicians from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on August 5 were sworn in as parliamentarians, ending the year-long political deadlock in the country.

Speaking to the press after the ceremony, CNRP President Sam Rainsy said CNRP has carried out its commitment under the high-level agreement with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). Son Chhay, a CNRP lawmaker, said the party’s legislators will attend the parliamentary session for the first time on August 8.

These parliamentarians were elected in the general election in July 2013 during which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won 68 seats against 55 for the CNRP.

However, CNRP parliamentarian-elects rejected the election results and boycotted the legislative body.

CPP and CNRP finally reached an agreement on July 22 to settle the situation with focus on reforming the National Election Council, sharing power in the parliament, and drastically fighting against corruption.-VNA