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Saumura quits bank job

Saumura quits bank job

T IOULONG SAUMURA, wife of political campaigner Sam Rainsy, has resigned as

deputy governor of the National Bank of Cambodia.

First Prime Minister

Prince Norodom Ranariddh confirmed the resignation on Sept 16, saying Saumura

had gone two days earlier to King Norodom Sihanouk to submit her

resignation.

"So far, I haven't received the application for the

resignation. If she asks to resign, I'd like to say in advance that we will

accept it," Ranariddh told Reuters.

He stressed the resignation had been

voluntary, and the deputy governor had not been dismissed or pressured by the

government.

Saumura, currently in Australia with Rainsy, told reporters

that Cambodia's political environment meant she was unable to do her job

properly.

Her resignation came as Rainsy was confirming long-awaited

plans to form a new opposition party.

National Bank governor Thor Peng

Leath and Saumura were appointed two years ago in a political compromise that

allowed the governor to be appointed by CPP and his deputy by

Funcinpec.

Leath was recently implicated in an alleged banking scandal

and reportedly under threat of being fired as government investigators were

called in, but has so far remained in the job.

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