Cambodian opposition leader urges pressure on govt

WASHINGTON (AP) Cambodia's opposition leader says international donors should not do "business as usual" with the aid-dependent government of longtime ruler Hun Sen unless he agrees to an independent probe into July's disputed election.

Sam Rainsy spoke to The Associated Press during a visit Wednesday to Washington as he lobbies the Obama administration, lawmakers, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. His party is readying another mass protest next week to press its demand for an investigation into alleged irregularities it claims robbed the party of an election victory.

The ruling party maintains the vote was fair and has refused the opposition's demand. Negotiations to broker a compromise have stalled, and the Cambodian parliament convened last month despite an opposition boycott, extending Hun Sen's 28-year rule.

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