New Officials Named in Mondolkiri Province

Mondolkiri province soon will be getting a new governor and deputy governor in the wake of an illegal logging scandal that resulted in the suspensions of its top officials, government officials said Monday.

Provincial Governor Chhaom Bun Khan and Deputy Governor Meas Thorng will be formally replaced in a few days, said Prach Chan, director general of the Interior Ministry’s administration department.

Tor Soeuth, former Funcinpec adviser to co-Interior Minister You Hockry, will become governor, and Khoy Khunhour, former CPP first deputy governor of Preah Vihear province, will become deputy governor, officials said.

Chea Son, chief of Senate President Chea Sim’s cabinet, said the appointments were approved last week by Chea Sim.

Chhaom Bun Khan and Meas Thorng were suspended in Jan­uary, shortly after reports surfaced last December that 380 truckloads of logs were illegally transported from Mondolkiri in northeast Cambodia to Vietnam.

Chea Son and Prach Chan said the two suspended officials have yet to be re-appointed to other positions in the government. But Prach Chan indicated they probably will be given jobs at the Ministry of Interior.

A number of other officials from various provincial departments also were suspended.

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