Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - More KNUP members lose adviser roles



More KNUP members lose adviser roles

Khmer National United Party supporters participate in a party campaign rally in May for June’s commune elections
Khmer National United Party supporters participate in a party campaign rally in May for June’s commune elections. Heng Chivoan

More KNUP members lose adviser roles

The cull is continuing for members of Nhek Bun Chhay’s Khmer National United Party, with the government ousting 12 more members from state jobs for remaining loyal to the former military chief, who fell afoul of Prime Minister Hun Sen last month.

According to a letter dated July 18, signed by King Norodom Sihamoni on the recommendation of the premier, 12 members of the party were stripped of their positions as government advisers.

Similar dismissals were delivered to five KNUP members last month in the wake of Bun Chhay’s own ousting as an adviser to the government.

His termination came after suggestions that he had pledged to cooperate with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which he has denied.

According to the most recent dismissal letters, those dumped from adviser roles are Kuch Moly, Nhek Kim Chhun, Keo Ratha, Mao Sovannarith, Chea Bamrong, Sok Run, Hem Chhin, Sam Porath, Peng Soseng, Chhuoy Chanrong, Chen Pien and Phuong Viney.

The latter said he refused to abandon his leader. “I don’t believe that he cooperated with the Cambodia National Rescue Party,” Viney said.

According to another list of advisers, at least 10 KNUP members have kept their state jobs, however one of those people, who declined to be named, said each had defected to either the ruling Cambodian People’s Party or the royalist Funcinpec.

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Woman seeks answers after arrest of American partner

    Filipina Lalaine de Guzman, 48, is demanding answers for the detention of her American partner by Cambodian immigration officers after he was arrested at their home almost 90 days ago. She said without an arrest warrant or proffering any criminal charges, Stephen Sidney Greatsinger, 56, is being detained

  • ‘No chance Cambodia booted out of ASEAN’

    A group of former and current Cambodian diplomats on Tuesday fired back at retired Singaporean diplomat Bihalari Kausikan after he proposed that ASEAN dismiss Cambodia and Laos from the bloc. In an open letter, the Cambodian diplomats said Kausikan’s remarks were made from a

  • Phnom Penh underpass opens to ease traffic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a temporary opening of the 488m underpass at the Chaom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, which was recently completed to connect traffic from National Road 4 to Russian Federation Blvd. The move is to reduce

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital