PHNOM PENH: Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen met his main political rival Saturday in an effort to break the country’s political deadlock following a disputed election, but the two sides apparently failed to reach a breakthrough.
The talks, hosted by King Norodom Sihamoni, had raised hopes of an end to the political stalemate that has gripped the kingdom since July polls that handed victory to Hun Sen amid allegations of electoral fraud.
But Hun Sen and the opposition chief Sam Rainsy left the meeting at the royal palace in Phnom Penh after only about 30 minutes with no sign of an agreement.
“There is nothing,” Rainsy told reporters when asked about the outcome of the talks.
According to official results, Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won 68 seats in the July polls against 55 for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).