Siem Reap Provincial Deputy Governor Tea Seiha is set to replace Provincial Governor Khim Bunsong during an official inauguration ceremony on Thursday.
Mr Bunsong has been promoted to a four-star general and a Defence Ministry secretary of state, according to a Royal Decree issued last week.
Prior to his role as Deputy Governor, Mr Seiha was a Major General in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and president of the Federation of Youths in Siem Reap.
Mr Seiha is the son of Defence Minister General Tea Banh and was appointed as Deputy Governor by Prime Minister Hun Sen in 2016.
Mr Seiha yesterday told Khmer Times that he is committed to continue developing Siem Reap.
“So far, I have worked with provincial officials for a few years. I think this promotion is a bit early, but it was the decision of the government,” he said. “I am committed to serve the people and continue to develop the province.”
Mr Seiha noted that as Governor, he will continue to implement policies and projects set by the government by focusing on tourism, agriculture and infrastructure development.
Mr Seiha studied high school in Lyon France from 1993 to 2000 before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in management from a university in Paris. From 2006 to 2007, he attended the Royal Administration School in Phnom Penh.
Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak has said the decision to promote Mr Seiha was made at the request of provincial authorities. The Interior Ministry then processed the request and relayed it to the government, noting that the decision was made based on the achievements of Mr Seiha.
Mr Bunsong was appointed Governor in 2013 after he had served in the military for more than 30 years. He was promoted to Lieutenant General in 2014.