Prime Minister Hun Sen’s second son, Hun Manith, was appointed general director of the new General Directorate of Intelligence, which was launched during a ceremony yesterday.
Commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Pol Saroeun, who presided over the ceremony, said he admired Mr Manith, who was the former director of the intelligence department before his ascension to general director.
The government agreed to create the General Directorate of Intelligence in October last year following a Defence Ministry request.
Yesterday, it was officially launched with Mr Manith appointed as its head.
“In 2018, Cambodia will have many important historical events, including the national election,” Mr Saroeun said. “It is regarded as an absolute priority, so the intelligence director will have an important role to play.”
Mr Saroeun added that the General Directorate of Intelligence would collect national and international information, and would report to the leaders faster and strengthen cooperation with foreign intelligence and other units.
Spokesman for the National Defence Ministry Chhum Sucheat said the General Directorate of Intelligence would cover five departments.
“The Intelligence Department was created a long time ago, but it has been promoted to the General Directorate of Intelligence,” said Mr Sucheat. “Intelligence is the eyes and nose of the armed forces, because they have the duty to collect information to create the army’s strategies.”
Mr Manith became deputy director of the Intelligence Department in 2012, and director of the department in 2015.
Mr Manith is also deputy head of the Cambodian People’s Party’s internal monitoring committee.