Cambodian PM Sacks City Mayor Amid Firings and Demotions

Diplomats posted to Phnom Penh expect the new leader’s bureaucratic shake-out to continue.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Manet has sacked a prominent provincial city mayor while reports say rank and file members of the police and military, up to the rank of brigadier general, have been fired or demoted amid allegations of corrupt practices.

The shake-up had been forecast by diplomats in recent weeks with Cambodian authorities grappling with organized crime and human trafficking, which have tainted the country’s image as a tourist destination and frightened off potential foreign investors.

Semi-official Fresh News announced Friday that Hun Manet had issued a decree to terminate Kep City Governor Kheng Yuan while the government-friendly Khmer Times reported on Sunday that the ousted mayor had been charged with money laundering and abuse of power.

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