PM’s Sister Yet to Follow Through on Resignation

A threat by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s sister to quit her senior government post over a land dispute in Kompong Speu province involving agriculture tycoon Ly Yong Phat, a CPP Senator, has yet to materialize in a formal resignation, according to the minister she works for.

Hun Sinath, a secretary of state at the Ministry of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, said in a Facebook post on Thursday that she would step down because of the ministry’s failure to investigate Mr. Yong Phat over his long-running land dispute with villagers in Thpong district, where he has a massive sugar plantation.

“I cannot stay in the ministry and find justice for the people…so I would like to resign now to become a normal citizen,” she wrote. However, Men Sam An, minister of the Ministry of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, said Friday she had not received Ms. Sinath’s resignation.

“She is working as normal,” she said. Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said his office had also not seen a decree confirming her resignation.

“So, it means she is still a member of government,” he said.

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