Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Hun Sen returns from Paris, talks of reshuffle



Hun Sen returns from Paris, talks of reshuffle

Hun Sen returns from Paris, talks of reshuffle

S ECOND Prime Minister Hun Sen declared his position was safe and confirmed their would be a cabinet reshuffle in the near future. He was speaking on his return to the country from Paris where he was receiving medical treatment.

Samdech Hun Sen reaffirmed to reporters at Pochentong airport on Sept 20 that he would remain as co-premier. He said: "No need to doubt about the co-premiership because the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia clearly stipulates that there will be two prime ministers during the first mandate.

"If there is a need to have one prime minister we must wait until after the 1998 election. So in my opinion, it is better not to expend the brain thinking about this issue....

"I'd like to note there has been some opinion saying that Hun Sen went to Paris and would not come back.

"Now I have already returned to Cambodia," the premier said in response to speculation that he would be replaced as second prime minister and live in exile.

He said: "[A cabinet reshuffle] will occur in the coming few days or weeks. What is going to happen is there will be changes of some ministers in order to secure work efficiency in the government."

He acknowledged that an exchange of views about the cabinet reshuffle took place prior to his departure to Paris on Sept 2, but he did not specify who, among the ministers and deputy-ministers, will be replaced.

When asked about his health , the co-premier said: "Oh good, no problem. I still need to continue some treatment." The co-premier appeared to be relaxed and smiling.

Security arrangements for his arrival at Pochentong airport were extensive and unusually tight.

Soldiers in combat fatigues armed with rifles in ready-to-fight positions took up their deployment around the parking area before the plane carrying Hun Sen and his wife had come to a stop.

Early in the morning a group of armed soldiers, one equipped with B-40 rocket launcher, stood guard at the Independence Monument just across the street from the second premier's residence.

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Hun Sen: Stay where you are, or else

    Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the two-week lockdown of Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal provincial town Takmao could be extended if people are not cooperative by staying home. “Now let me make this clear: stay in your home, village, and district and remain where

  • Businesses in capital told to get travel permit amid lockdown through One Window Service

    The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration has issued guidelines on how to get travel permission for priority groups during the lockdown of Phnom Penh, directing private institutions to apply through the municipality's One Window Service and limit their staff to a mere two per cent. In

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Ministry names types of business permitted amid lockdown

    The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training singled out 11 types of business that are permitted to operate during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and Takmao town, which run through April 28. Those include (1) food-processing enterprises and slaughterhouses; (2) providers of public services such as firefighting, utility and