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Government reshuffles officials’ posts

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The Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem is speaking at a forum in 2017. His son, Suy Dimanche has been appointed the ministry’s joint secretary of state. Sahiba Chawdhary

Government reshuffles officials’ posts

Suy Dimanche, the son of the Minister of Mines and Energy, Suy Sem, has been appointed the ministry’s joint secretary of state together with Tit Linda.

Three others – Yem Kanika, Ly Vanna and Chan Socheavat – have been appointed undersecretaries of state at the ministry.

The appointments were among several others announced through a royal decree issued on November 3 and obtained by The Post on Wednesday.

In 2015, Dimanche was made the ministry’s spokesperson in addition to his positions as director-general of the general affairs department and the head of the team in charge of drafting policy guidelines and administrative work.

According to the ministry’s website, the director-general is in charge of administration, IT, general employees, accounting and finance, Asian cooperation and affairs, and legislation.

In another sub-decree issued on November 2, entitled “Transferring and appointing government officials”, Siem Reap city governor Sou Platong was transferred as district governor of Prasat Bakong, which is located within Siem Reap province itself. He was replaced by Nuon Putheara.

Three others have had their tenure in office extended for a second term through this sub-decree.

They are Mok Bros, who was reappointed governor of Sotr Nikum district, Pov Bunthoeun (Chi Kraeng district), and Luk Pos (Angkor Chum).

On November 6, Ben Vibol, the deputy head of national police and chief of staff, announced the promotion of 43 officers at the central police department to be in charge of border issues.

A Ministry of Interior official who read out the royal decree and sub-degree, said those affected by the promotions include four major generals, six lieutenant generals, eight majors, nine colonels, and one lieutenant colonel, while 15 others were newly appointed.

Affiliated Network for Social Accountability executive director San Chey said official appointments were the responsibility of individual organisations.

However, those that involve promoting friends and families to higher positions might have a negative effect on long-serving employees who failed to be promoted. This, he said, is a very bad model and needed to be reformed.

He said, promoting friends and families in government institutions is an old culture that is hard to change because it had become a habit that had been practised at all levels.

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