Kong Bora, a former CNRP member who recently joined the CPP, has been appointed to a senior position at the Interior Ministry through a royal decree.
“His Excellency Kong Bora is appointed as an undersecretary of state at the Interior Ministry,” the decree said.
Mr Bora was one of 118 senior CNRP officials banned from politics by the Supreme Court in 2017. His political ban was lifted after Prime Minister Hun Sen granted clemency.
Mr Bora earlier this month joined the CPP after he denounced Sam Rainsy for reportedly planning to overthrow the government during his planned return next month.
“I was no longer a CNRP party member so I have to stand with the CPP to protect the nation, religion and the King,” he said.
Mr Bora yesterday said he is happy with his appointment.
“Yes, I am happy that the King appointed me as undersecretary of state,” he said. “The reason why I decided to join the CPP was that some former CNRP leaders are betraying the nation.”
Mr Bora said the first order of business is to discourage CNRP sympathisers from supporting Mr Rainsy’s return to the Kingdom.
“I have good relations with former opposition party activists, so I will fulfil my duty by instructing them not to fall in with Sam Rainsy’s extremist group because it could lead to social chaos or war,” he said.
Mr Rainsy, who is currently in exile, has vowed to return on November 9 to restore democracy and human rights in the Kingdom.
Kong Korm, honorary president of Khmer Will Party and father of Mr Bora, yesterday congratulated his son.
“It is a sign of a new culture in politics that we are one family but have different political careers. We have been able to not have problems with each other,” Mr Korm said.