The ruling Cambodia People's Party (CPP) on February 15 again rejected the opposition’s demand for a new election.

The “New Cambodia” newspaper quoted Deputy Prime Minister Hor Nam Hong stating that there will be no repeat election and no Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) demands will be discussed unless the opposition party joins the National Assembly, which it is currently boycotting.

According to the Constitution and laws, all issues related to elections must be discussed in parliament, he said.

In another development, representatives of Cambodia's ruling and opposition parties will meet on February 18 to discuss the establishment of a mechanism for electoral reform.

Prum Sokha, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Interior, will lead the CPP negotiation team and lawmaker-elect Son Chhay will head the CNRP team for the upcoming negotiations.

CNRP spokesman Yem Ponharith said it is a positive step toward solving the seven-month post-election dispute.

The political squabbling between the CPP and the CNRP has persisted since the July election results showed that the ruling party won 68 parliamentary seats against 55 seats for the opposition.

Claiming irregularities, the opposition refused to accept the outcome and held many protests in order to demand a re-election.-VNA