Rights groups on Wednesday called on authorities to stop circulating petitions asking people to support preliminary results from last month’s national election showing a win for the ruling CPP and promising not to join any demonstration called by the opposition. With both the CPP and opposition CNRP claiming victory amid unresolved claims of widespread irregularities and final results still pending, rights groups are accusing authorities of pressuring people into endorsing the petitions and breaching their freedom of expression. “This act is a new form of intimidation in the aftermath of the July 28 national election and gravely violat[es]
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