King Norodom Sihamoni yesterday endorsed the removal of Banteay Meanchey provincial Governor Suon Bovor, who is accused on social media of having an affair, after a request from Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The request was made in a letter to the King, stating that the move was needed by the government.
“In order to promote work efficiency and a better administrative management of Banteay Meanchey province, I request His Majesty to transfer His Excellency Suon Bovor, governor of Banteay Meanchey, to serve at his new post at the Interior Ministry,” Mr Hun Sen said in the letter, noting that Oum Reatrey, provincial deputy governor, will replace Mr Bovor.
Additionally, Mr Hun Sen said Lieutenant General Koeung Vannak from the National Police, will become Mr Reatrry’s deputy governor.
Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak yesterday said the government wants Mr Bovor to work as a ministry official, but did not reveal more details.
“Yes, he will serve as a normal civil servant at the Interior Ministry,” Gen Sopheak said.
According to an Interior Ministry statement, Interior Minister Sar Kheng will preside over a transfer ceremony on Friday.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan yesterday said he has yet to see the letter, while Mr Bovor declined to comment.
It has been speculated that the request to transfer Mr Bovor came after a woman, who claimed to be his mistress, rallied outside Banteay Meanchey Provincial Hall demanding his attention.
Suom Chankea, provincial coordinator for the rights group Adhoc, said whoever is governor must be a good person.
“Scandalous issues are the business of an individual, we cannot comment on the issue,” Mr Chankea said. “It is the internal affairs of the government, we can’t make conclusions.”