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PHNOM PENH (AFP) — Cambodia’s parliament on Tuesday approved a new five-year term for Prime Minister Hun Sen following weeks of political turmoil over his disputed election win.

The controversial move came despite recent mass public protests and a boycott of the National Assembly by the opposition, which has alleged widespread fraud in the July polls.

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party refused to take its seats for the opening session of the lower house on Monday, saying the kingdom was sliding towards “dictatorship.”

Despite its absence, King Norodom Sihamoni asked Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party to form a new cabinet.

All 68 ruling party lawmakers on Tuesday approved a list of government members with Hun Sen reappointed premier through a show of hands, according to an AFP reporter in parliament.

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