Cambodia sacks agriculture minister amid floods

Veng Sakhon was ‘out of touch’ with realities on the ground and failed to adequately respond to the situation.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has sacked his agriculture minister after complaints from farmers’ groups the government had failed to adequately respond to torrential floods which have inundated the country in recent months.

Veng Sakhon was fired by a royal decree which was signed by King Norodom Sihamoni, and is expected to be replaced by the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Dith Tyna, as agriculture minister once a hastily arranged vote of confidence is arranged.

Hun Sen said in a public address that urgent cooperation was required to assess the scale of the damage caused by the floods and to prepare the distribution of rice and other plant seeds in time for the next harvests.

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