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In wake of building collapse, Hun Sen also fires Senior Minister Nhim Vanda for 'dereliction of duty and lying'
PHNOM PENH --Prime Minister Hun Sen said he accepted the resignation of Sihanoukville Provincial Governor Yun Min on Monday following the weekend collapse of a building in which at least 25 people died.
“The governor has already accepted his fault in managing the province under his jurisdiction, allowing this tragedy to take place,” Hun Sen said.
“He asked to resign from his post and I accepted his resignation,” he said, adding that Yun Min would nevertheless continue leading rescue operations.
Hun Sen said he had decided to appoint Kampong Cham Provincial Governor Kouch Chamroeun to succeed Yun Min after discussions with Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
Rescue efforts were continuing for a third day Monday amid fears that many remained trapped under construction debris from the unauthorized Chinese building.
Hun Sen also said that he decided to remove Nhim Vanda from his positions as senior minister and first vice president of the National Committee for Disaster Management.
“I decided to remove Nhim Vanda for dereliction of duty and lying,” the prime minister said.