Major General Hun Somnang, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s intelligence department, is set to replace retiring director Lieutenant General Hy Prou, according to a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on December 25.
The sub-decree, which was obtained yesterday, has been circulated among ministries and government institutions to signal the change.
Maj Gen Somnang yesterday said the decision to promote him as director came from government leaders because of his hard work as a police officer, noting that he has worked as a police officer for more than a decade.
“I think I first started in 2006,” he said.
“I will work hard to serve the country and the people,” Maj Gen Somnang added. “I was the deputy director of the department and chief of an anti-cybercrime working group. I will continue work hard to fulfil my duties.”
Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun, National Police spokesman, yesterday said the government makes the decision on who gets promoted based on their merit.
“There’s nothing wrong with the promotion of officers, the government makes thorough evaluations before conducting the promotion,” Lt Gen Kim Khoeun said.
Lt Gen Prou could not be reached for comment yesterday.
General Pen Vibol, a deputy chief of National Police, could not be reached for comment yesterday.