Former Ranariddh Aide Named Gov’t Adviser

Noranarith Anandayath, who resigned as the personal secretary to Prince Norodom Ranariddh in September, has been appointed as a government adviser less than two months after his public split with the former first prime minister, according to a royal decree.

Mr. Anandayath served as Prince Ranariddh’s closest adviser and spokesman for more than a decade, but the pair had a falling out in September after the prince accused Mr. Anandayath of bad-mouthing him in public.

According to the royal decree signed by King Norodom Sihamoni, Mr. Anandayath was granted a position as a government adviser effective November 10.

“Appoint Noranarith Anandayath as a government adviser with a rank equal to a government minister,” the document says.

Mr. Anandayath could not be reached Sunday, but said last month that he had reached out to the ruling CPP after resigning from the prince’s new Community of Royalist People Party.

“I’m not an opposition kind of individual,” Mr. Anandayath said at the time.

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