Cambodian King appoints new Army Chief

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Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on Thursday appointed Former Deputy Commander of National Military Police, Gen. Vong Pisen, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), according to a royal decree.

Gen. Pisen succeeded Gen. Pol Saroeun who took new posts as a lawmaker and a senior minister.

The monarch also appointed RCAF’s Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Gen. Eth Sarath, as the chief of the RCAF’s joint staff, replacing Gen. Kun Kim, who left for new posts as a lawmaker and a senior minister.

Also, the king named Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Techo, Hun Sen’s eldest son Lieutenant General Hun Manet as the commander of the Royal Cambodian Army, substituting Gen. Meas Sophea, who was assigned to a new post as a senior minister in charge of special mission.

According to the royal decree, the appointments were made at the prime minister’s request.

They are all key members of the prime minister’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). NAN