Cambodia opposition ends Parliament boycott

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 2:00 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 8 at 3:31 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Cambodia have ended a 10-month boycott of Parliament, attending the assembly for the first time after reaching a breakthrough political deal with the country's ruling party.

Legislators from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party had refused to take their seats last year after alleging results of a general election were rigged.

The opposition reached a deal with Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling party two weeks ago for political reforms and the sharing of leadership positions in National Assembly committees.

On Friday, all 55 opposition lawmakers attended the session.

Afterward, opposition leader Sam Rainsy reiterated his commitment to end the political crisis for the sake of the country.

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