Prince Norodom Sirivudh, Funcinpec secretary-general and co-minister of Interior, has ordered his party’s ministers and secretaries of state to explain why promotions for hundreds of party officials have been delayed.
Prince Sirivudh issued the order after the passing of a June 15 deadline for the promotion of more than 500 Funcinpec officials to positions as directors and deputy directors of departments in all government ministries.
“The head of the government [Prime Minister Hun Sen] had set the deadline for June 15, 2005,” Prince Sirivudh wrote in his letter dated June 21. “So far I observe that there are no such appointments.”
He gave officials until June 27 to report on the reasons for the delay.
CPP spokesman and Information Minister Khieu Kanharith said the prime minister never set such a deadline and it was the Funcinpec officials who were pushing for the promotions to be finished by June 15. The CPP never thought that date was practical, Khieu Kanharith added.
“Many Funcinpec leaders have never worked in the administration,” he said Thursday, adding that before candidates are appointed, they must be verified as Funcinpec members and be judged competent for the job.
“If you want to promote somebody, there are rules you have to follow,” Khieu Kanharith said. “Hun Sen wants to make it a long-term promotion. Conflict will arise if the people are not competent.”
Yim Voeunthan, Agriculture Ministry secretary of state, said the delay was caused by the strict regulations and procedures outlined for promotions by Hun Sen.
He said his ministry has appointed 32 of 67 officials to new positions, though the Finance Ministry’s secretariat of public functions still needed to review the appointees.
Funcinpec co-Defense Minister Nhiek Bun Chhay said that Funcinpec and the CPP are still working well together at the upper levels, though possibly not at the lower administrative levels.
As a result, he said, the government is taking its time to ensure the new royalist promotions do not create conflicts.
The promotions are progressing “step by step,” he said.