Naming of Governor Delayed

The appointment of a governor of Phnom Penh will have to wait at least another week.

Prince Norodom Ranariddh, due to return from a trip to France on Saturday, has postponed his return until Thurs­day, Funcinpec officials said Tuesday.

“We will defer the decision on all final candidates to our president,’’ Deputy Prime Minister Tol Lah said Tuesday.

First Deputy Governor Chea Sophara, a CPP-appointee, has been in charge since the new government was formed Nov 30.

The delay in filling the post is beginning to worry some party leaders. “It makes a very bad image to delay this appointment, so I hope the prince will act quickly,’’ Information Minister Lu Laysreng said Tuesday.

Finalists include Khek Vandy, the husband of Princess Noro­dom Bopha Devi and a lawmaker from Takeo province; Secretary of State for the Ministry of Defense Por Bun Sreu; former Funcinpec General Nhiek Bun Chhay; former Battambang province first deputy governor Serey Kosal; Chhoeng Cham­roeun, secretary of state for Foreign Affairs; and Em Buth, a friend of the prince.

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