20,000 attend third Cambodia rally day

PHNOM PENH - About 20,000 Cambodian opposition supporters are wrapping up a three-day demonstration to petition foreign embassies and the United Nations (UN) for intervention in what they claim was a rigged election.

The rallies, which end Friday, are the opposition's latest push to demand an independent probe into the July 28 poll, which the opposition says returned Prime Minister Hun Sen to power illegitimately.

Throngs of cheering demonstrators marched through the capital this week as they delivered petitions to the French, British, the United States, Australian, Russian, Japanese, Indonesian and Chinese embassies and to the UN human rights office.

Official election results extended Hun Sen's 28-year rule and gave his party 68 seats in parliament, compared with 55 for the opposition. The opposition says it was cheated out of a victory and is boycotting parliament.

Cambodian opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, right, and his deputy Kem Sokha, left, hold a UN flag as they lead party supporters in a march to the UN human rights office, in Phnom Penh, on Wednesday. About 20,000 Cambodian opposition supporters are wrapping up a three-day demonstration to petition foreign embassies and the United Nations (UN) for intervention in what they claim was a rigged election. (AP Photo)

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