Officials of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on November 5 resumed talks over the political dispute after the July's election.

Speaking at a joint news briefing after the three-hour meeting, head of the CPP working group, Secretary of State at the Interior Ministry Prum Sokha, and CNRP's spokesman Yeam Sovan said the two sides discussed issues that were agreed by CPP Vice-President cum Prime Minister Hun Sen and CNRP leader Sam Rainsy during their talks on November 16-17.

The CPP and CNRP working groups said that they will meet again sometimes this weekend.

Cambodia held a general election on July 28. The results showed that the ruling CPP won 68 out of the 123 parliamentary seats and the CNRP got 55 seats.

Despite a boycott of parliament by the opposition, the ruling party's 68 lawmakers voted on September 24 for the formation of a new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Sam Rainsy has said that the current government is "illegitimate" because it was formed in a violation of the constitution and his party will continue to boycott parliament unless the poll irregularities are resolved.

But Prime Minister Hun Sen has defended that his government is legitimate since the nation's King Norodom Sihamoni had already given endorsement.

The international community has called on the two sides to continue negotiations to deal with the election disputes in order to put the legislative and executive bodies into normal operation.-VNA