Prime Minister Hun Sen urged 10 outgoing governors to avoid becoming lame ducks as their tenure winds down, telling them “not to give up work.”
“I would like to confirm that until there is an official ceremony for the reshuffle to hand over a seal to a new governor, all the current governors still have the right to sign all documents,” said Hun Sen.
The premier also announced the candidature of Kampong Speu governor Kang Heang, who will run for a National Assembly seat after stepping down from his post.
Current Kandal province deputy governor Ou Sam Oun will replace Heang, said Hun Sen.
In addition to Heang, several other retiring governors will stand in the July elections.
Hun Sen’s brother, Kampong Cham provincial governor Hun Neng – who last week told the Post he would run as a lawmaker – will be replaced by his deputy, Lun Limthay.
Phnom Penh governor Kep Chuktema, who also has been tapped to run, will be replaced by his deputy, Pa Socheatvong; and would-be-candidate Kandal provincial governor Chhun Sirun will be replaced by his deputy, Phai Bun Chhoeun.
Try Narin, Banteay Meanchey deputy governor, will replace Oung Oeun, who is also likely to stand, according to a CPP official who asked not to be named.
Additionally, Major General Khim Bun Song, Siem Reap deputy governor, will replace Sou Phirin. Uth Sam An, Kampong Thom provincial deputy governor, will replace Chhun Chhorn. Kol Sam Ol, Kandal deputy governor, will replace Stung Treng governor Loy Sophath. Sar Thavy, Preah Vihear deputy governor, will replace Oddar Meanchey governor Pech Sokhen; and Eng Bunheang, Mondulkiri provincial deputy governor, will replace governor Chan Yoeun.