Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Kratie and Pailin governors dismissed

Kratie and Pailin governors dismissed

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Kratie Governor Sar Chamrong presides over the annual provincial administration meeting in January 2017. AKP

Kratie and Pailin governors dismissed

Two provincial governors, including the governor of Kratie, who oversaw a violent clash between protesters and police officers in March, will be removed from their posts this week.

Officials Tuesday said the transfers were routine, as both men were at or near the age of retirement.

Khieu Sopheak, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, claimed Pailin Provincial Governor Koeth Sothea had reached the age of retirement, but acknowledged that Kratie Governor Sar Chamrong was below the age.

“It is just a little difference,” Sopheak said in regards to Chamrong’s age. “The Ministry of Interior will find a place for them to work.”

According to a document dated April 20 and obtained on Tuesday, Chamrong will be replaced by current Deputy Governor Va Thorn on Friday. Pro-government outlet Fresh News reported that Sothea will be replaced by his deputy, Phan Chanthul, on Thursday.

Ruling party spokesman Sok Eysan said the transfers should not be seen as firings.

“This is a negative judgment,” he said, characterising a transfer from the provincial hall to the Ministry of Interior as a promotion.

He added that unspecified reports that Chamrong’s removal was related to the clash in Kratie came from “ill-intended analysts”.

MOST VIEWED

  • US imposes sanctions on Oknha Pheap and Kun Kim

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed strong dismay on Monday over the designation of Cambodian tycoon Oknha Try Pheap and General Kun Kim under the US’ Global Magnitsky Act. “It is very disturbing when the public figures of a country become the

  • Mother, daughter killed in hotel fire

    The bodies of a mother and daughter were found locked in an embrace after they were killed in a hotel fire in Phnom Penh at around 3:30am on Wednesday at the Phkar Chhouk Tep 2 Hotel and Restaurant in Phsar Doeum Kor commune, in the capital’

  • EBA withdrawal a destruction of EU achievements, PM says

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the EU’s possible suspension of its Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement amounted to a destruction of its achievements in the Kingdom and the demise of the opposition group. Hun Sen made the remarks while addressing more than 6,700 students during

  • Rights Day forum denied in Sihanoukville

    The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration last Saturday denied the request of land communities for a public location in the province to celebrate International Human Rights Day 2019 as the administration had already held forums to discuss land issues. However, the land community representatives said they would

  • US told to refrain from interfering in Sokha case

    Senior Cambodian officials said on Thursday that the US can monitor Kem Sokha’s trial as it wishes but would not be allowed to interfere in court procedures. The point was made in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments on Wednesday

  • Sri Lanka’s LOLC Holdings plans to sell Cambodian unit

    LOLC Holdings Plc, Sri Lanka’s second-largest publicly traded company by revenue, plans to sell its 70 per cent stake in Prasac Microfinance Institution Ltd, which also counts Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia Ltd. as a shareholder, LOLC deputy chairman Ishara Nanayakkara said. Nanayakkara