Assembly Approves National Audit Body

The National Assembly Friday approved the appointment of a general director and the deputy general directors to the National Auditing Authority, almost one year after first rejecting candidates to head the body.

CPP member and Ministry of Finance Undersecretary of State Uth Chheurn received 92 out of 108 votes to become the general director. Funcinpec members Senator Sin Po and former Minis­ter of Justice Seng Run received 91 and 83 votes respectively to become deputy general directors.

Candidates for the top posts at the National Auditing Authority, the government agency created last year to oversee the government’s finances, failed to receive the required two-thirds votes from the National Assembly in August 2000 and again in De­cember. Opposition party lawmakers had said the candidates lacked qualifications and criticized their political affiliations.

Prince Norodom Ranariddh said he hoped that future auditors will not be politically affiliated.


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