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New governors told to keep up fight against drugs

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Newly appointed governor Kuoch Chamroeun with Interior Minister Sar Kheng. Supplied

The Interior Minister yesterday urged two new provincial governors to continue the battle against drug trafficking, on the heels of its “successful” national anti-drugs campaign.
Sar Kheng made the call as he oversaw the official appointment ceremonies for Kuoch Chamroeun as governor of Kampong Cham province and Ly Leng as Tbong Khmum provincial governor.
Mr Kheng urged both governors to keep up the battle against drug trafficking during their appointments, according to Sak Setha, secretary of state at the Interior Ministry.
“We hope the new governors will fulfil that work and get good results,” Mr Setha said, adding the governors were also urged to tackle forestry crimes and gambling, and improve security.
On Monday, the National Authority for Combatting Drugs held a conference on Koh Pich to tout its recent accomplishments and burn more than 100 kilograms of drugs.
The NACD said that more than 9,000 suspects have been nabbed, and 126 kilograms of drugs confiscated, during the government’s recent anti-drug campaign.
According to NACD, drug use rose 24 percent from 2015, when there were 16,575 users, to 2016, when there were 20,621 users. Those in rehab also rose, from 7,753 in 2015 to 11,901 in 2016.
Mr Chamroeun, 45, said he would first have to dig into his new position before making any comment.
Mr Leng, 58, said he was honoured to be chosen as the new governor and vowed to carry out the orders from his superiors.
“I vow that I will cooperate with all levels of government to fulfil my duties based on the lead of the Interior Ministry in order to achieve peace and stability,” he said.

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