New Phnom Penh governor sworn in

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Sar Kheng, left, appoints Khuong Sreng as the new Phnom Penh governor. KT/Mai Vireak

Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng vowed to maintain peace within the capital during his appointment ceremony yesterday.
 
Mr Sreng, formerly the deputy Phnom Penh governor, said that to allow development of the capital to continue, peace must be maintained and civil unrest stamped out.
 
“I will absolutely put a stop to the acts of some people who want to cause chaos in our society,” he said. “If there is no peace, there can absolutely be no development.”
 
Mr Sreng added that he would also maintain the achievements made by former governor Pa Socheatvong, who has taken on a new role as a senior adviser to the national government.
 
About 400 civil servants attended the ceremony overseen by Interior Minister Sar Kheng, who spoke for nearly one hour, offering advice to the incoming governor.
 
Mr Kheng urged Mr Sreng to crack down on drug-related crimes, prevent cyber crime and petty thefts, and address the high number of traffic casualties on the city’s roads.
 
“We send a strong message of hope to the new governor,” he said. “He will work to untie all civil servants to continue to implement their work for the betterment of our future.”
 
Mr Socheatvong, who became Phnom Penh governor in 2013, listed his achievements in the post.
 
He said 72 percent of crimes committed under his tenure had been solved and added that security forces had quelled more than 4,000 strikes and demonstrations.

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