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Rainsy: Recount Before Oath

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Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, spoke to reporters at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Wednesday. (KT Photo: Ven Rathavong)

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Sam Rainsy responded to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who on Monday called for the CNRP to take an oath pledging to stop accusations of vote impropriety, by asking to recheck voter sheets before taking any vows. 

After coming back from France Wednesday morning, Mr. Rainsy told reporters that the vow would only be reliant on belief, not facts.  

“If we want to confirm that previous elections were fair or not, we should recount the voter sheets,” he said. “We can swear an oath whenever we want.” 

On Monday, Mr. Hun Sen asked Mr. Rainsy to take an oath or be struck by lightning at the Dorng Keur shrine in front of the Royal Palace. 

Mr. Hun Sen was responding to an accusation from a CNRP lawmaker who alleged that the ruling party bought votes and manipulated voter rolls in the 2013 elections. 

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