Funcinpec Reshuffles Officials in Kampot, Takeo

Two senior Funcinpec officials in Kam­pot and Takeo provinces were reshuffled to new jobs Monday, officials said, though reasons for the move were not clear.

Kampot Provincial Governor Puth Chandarith was replaced by Thach Khorn, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug department and former governor of Banteay Meanchey province.

Takeo First Deputy Governor Kuch Chantha was replaced by Chhim Chhorn, former governor of Strung Treng province.

Outgoing and incoming officials said the job changes were part of standard procedure.

“I took office [on Monday]. I have no specific plans yet,” Thach Khorn said, adding that he thought his experience as governor of Banteay Meanchey would be similar to his new post.

“I think it is normal. No one lost his job,” he said.

Puth Chandarith said he wasn’t sure what his new job would be but did not mind the uncertainty.

“One job is one experience, more jobs are more experience,” he said.

Kuch Chantha said he has been re­assigned to the Ministry of In­dustry, Mines and Energy, where he had previously been undersecretary of state.

“I don’t know what my new post is,” he said, adding that he didn’t expect to be an undersecretary of state again. “I have no problem with the move.”

Chhim Chhorn could not be contacted.

Several Kampot businessmen said they were pleased that Puth Chandarith had been replaced.

Investor Sok Raden said he felt the former governor used his position to compete with him in the seaweed trade.

Puth Chandarith denied the allegations. “I accept that I bought seaweed and sold it abroad but pressuring the market is not fair for the local people,” he said.

 

 

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