KEM Sokhon, brother of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, has been appointed secretary of state at the Ministry of Commerce.
“We promote Kem Sokhon to secretary of state at the Ministry of Commerce,” a royal decree signed by King Norodom Sihamoni on Saturday said.
Former opposition lawmaker Ou Chanrath yesterday said the promotion of Mr Sokhon may be a CPP tactic to attack the former opposition CNRP, which was dissolved last year after Mr Sokha was charged with treason.
Mr Sokhon yesterday dismissed Mr Chanrath’s theory.
“No, I am not interested in that; I joined the CPP more than 10 years ago,” Mr Sokhon said. “I have earned this promotion by reaching achievements step by step at my workplace.”
“This is not at all related to politics,” he added. “It is encouragement from the government, especially Prime Minister Hun Sen who has noticed my efforts.”
In 2013, Mr Sokhon was appointed deputy director of the National Police’s department of central security and given the senior title of major general prior to making his way to the Ministry of Commerce.
Government spokesman Phay Siphan yesterday said Mr Sokhon’s promotion to secretary of state was not politically motivated.
“People saying such things do not know things clearly because Kem Sokhon fulfilled his duty in the last mandate so the promotion is not related to politics,” he said. “It is only involved related to his duties with the government and the capacity that he has to help build the nation.”