PHNOM PENH — Prime Minister Hun Sen and Cambodian opposition parties said Tuesday they agreed on a joint solution to end a political deadlock and the opposition's yearlong boycott of the national legislature.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, shakes hands with the main opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, left, of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, as Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng, center, smiles after their meeting in Senate headquarters in Phnom Penh Tuesday. Mr Hun Sen and opposition leader Mr Rainsy said Tuesday they had agreed upon a joint political solution to end the crisis. (AP photo)Mr Hun Sen, opposition leader Sam Rainsy and others met for five hours behind closed doors in the third round of talks since lawmakers from Mr Rainsy's Cambodia National Rescue Party boycotted their seats in the parliament since July 28 election last year. The opposition alleged the polls were rigged, and demanded reforms and new elections.
"It was a success. Now you can applaud," said Mr Hun Sen, who was seen smiling when walking out of the meeting room.