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Governor of Sihanoukville to step down following deadly construction collapse

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Mr Yun Min (left) looks on as  Prime Minister Hun Sen observes the search for victims amongst the  debris. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Prime Minister Hun Sen decided to remove Sihanoukville governor from his post  after the deadly construction collapse which caused the death of 25 workers as of Monday morning.

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The decision to remove Yun Min, the governor of Preah Sihanouk province came after he [Hun Sen] visited the incident site on the night of Sunday and said Mr. Min has asked permission  to resign from his position following the painful tragedy.

“I have agreed to have him [Yun Min] resign and [I have] discussed with Samdech Sar Kheng to bring Kouch Chamroeun from Kampong Cham to be the governor of Sihanoukville,” the Prime Minister said in his Facebook post on Monday afternoon.

However, Mr Min will continue to lead the operation to search for the remaining bodies suspect to be buried in the rubble  until completion.

Mr. Min has also expressed his regret and condolence to the families of the victims and ask for understanding of his previous works for any wrongdoing.

“I met Samdech Techo [Hun Sen] to ask for forgiveness and asked for resignation as governor of Preah Sihanouk province,” he said in his Facebook page.

Premier Hun Sen also stated that he decided to fire, First Vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management over his irresponsibility and lie of the incident.

The seven-story Chinese owned construction building collapse in the early morning of Saturday leaving 25 construction workers died with 24 others injured, the work to find the remaining bodies continues and authorities suspect to have some more still buried in debris. 

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