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Ministry disputes abolition call

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Kem Sokha praised city roads but derided those in the countryside. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Ministry of Rural Development is relaxed about the CNRP’s call for it to be abolished should the party win power in the upcoming commune and general elections.
CNRP president Kem Sokha’s suggestion was dismissed by the Ministry’s director-general for technical affairs Chan Darong, who said Mr Sokha was a politician and had little idea how the ministry worked.
Mr Darong explained, for example, that rural roads were connected to national or provincial roads, so commune officials alone could not make decisions about them without ministry approval.
Mr Sokha launched his party’s electoral campaign on Saturday by praising the state of city roads but deriding those in the countryside.
“When the CNRP win these next two elections we will eliminate the Ministry of Rural Development because it works without transparency,” he said.
“We will offer a national budget of half of million dollars to the commune council directly. They can develop their local area – there is no need for a Ministry of Rural Development,” Sokha proclaimed but did not specify how they would get the said funds.
Sous Kong, secretary of state at the ministry, said Mr Sokha might not be fully aware of its roles and obligations.
The ministry did not only oversee road development but also played a role in organising rural water supplies, rural sanitation, ethnic development and community development.

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