Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sihanouk gov to retire

Sihanouk gov to retire

Sihanouk gov to retire

The provincial governor of Preah Sihanouk is set to retire from his post at the end of this month, bringing yet another leadership change to the seaside province.

Chhit Sokhon, promoted to the position in May last year, will step down after his 60th birthday at the end of August, Ministry of Interior Secretary of State Sak Setha said yesterday.

“Chhit Sokhon is going to retire at the end of this month [August], because he reaches 60 years old, the age that public civil servants get retirement,” Setha said.

Setha said no replacement had been found, despite rumours Koh Kong Military Commander Brigadier General Yun Min could step into the role.

The announcement follows news last week that Sihanoukville Municipal Governor Chin Sarin was being transferred back to the Ministry of Interior amid criticism of his performance by Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng.

It also comes three months after provincial police chief Seang Kosal was replaced by Phnom Penh municipal police deputy chief Choun Narin, amid a spate of beatings, stabbings and shootings.

However, last week, residents from 17 communities in the province threw their support behind Sokhon, urging him to continue until 2018.

Representative of rights group Licadho Khun Savoeun said residents involved in local land disputes had been impressed by Sokhon’s diplomacy and accessibility.

“He has used a soft strategy to talk with people, even if his solution is not really good,” he said.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all