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Cambodian Opposition Party Ends Boycott of Parliament


Cambodian opposition lawmakers have ended their six-month boycott of parliament.

A spokesman for the Sam Rainsy Party says 16 of its 24 lawmakers attended Monday's opening session of the National Assembly, which is returning to work after a three-month recess.

The boycott began in February after Cambodia's Assembly revoked the parliamentary immunity of party founder Sam Rainsy and two other members, who have been accused of various crimes.

Sam Rainsy and Chea Poch fled Cambodia immediately after losing immunity, but Chea Poch returned home last week. Sam Rainsy plans to visit Canada and the United States in search of support before returning home next month.

A third opposition lawmaker who lost immunity, Cheam Channy, is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges he plotted to overthrow the government.

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