Saturday, January 14, 2012

Cambodian PM's 2nd son appointed as deputy chief of military intelligence unit

PHNOM PENH, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Hun Manit, the second eldest son of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, was promoted from the military rank of lieutenant colonel to colonel and appointed as the deputy chief of the Defense Ministry's intelligence department on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Gen. Chea Dara, deputy commander-in-chief of Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) in charge of Preah Vihear Direction, was appointed as the chief of the Defense Ministry's intelligence department replacing the recent deceased Gen. Mol Roeup.

There were also the appointments of Maj. Gen. Siek Socheat, deputy commander of the front-battle region 3, as the chief of the RCAF's border affairs office instead of Maj. Gen. Sok Pheap, who took a new position as the undersecretary of state of the Defense Ministry.

Speaking during the appointment ceremony at the Headquarters of the RCAF, Gen. Pol Saroeun, the RCAF's commander-in-chief, said that the appointments were made based on their merits and expertise in commanding military.

"The two institutions -- the military intelligence department and the border affairs office -- have achieved a lot of good results, especially relevant to the past military confrontation along the border line," he said.

Hun Manit, 30, was the second eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen. His first eldest son Hun Manet, 34, currently holds the military rank of a Major General and is the deputy commander of the Headquarter of Infantry, deputy commander of Prime Minister Hun Sen's Bodyguard Unit and the head of the Anti-Terrorism Unit.

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