PHNOM PENH, Cambodia March 8 (NNN-BERNAMA) -- Prime Minister Hun Sen Wednesday lashed out at former opposition leader Sam Rainsy who called for him to step down, saying that he obtained his premiership through legitimate elections, the Khmer Times reported.

Speaking to thousands of garment workers in Kandal province, Hun Sen said Rainsy's recent comments were nonsensical, as he first asked to meet with him for negotiations and then demanded that he step down.

What can you do to me, you cannot do anything to me, Hun Sen said.

You tell me to step down peacefully, but I got the position legitimately.

The Prime Minister added that neither he nor Rainsy could attain the premiership without going through legitimate elections.

If you want to take a shortcut, please come on and try, but your group will not dare to do so, he said, referring to the Cambodia National Rescue Movement, which Rainsy launched after the opposition, Cambodia National Rescue Party, was dissolved by the Supreme Court.

Your group only dares to take action outside the country, Hun Sen added.

Rainsy has lived in exile since 2015 after being hit with a slew of court cases.

Source: NAM News Network