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Governor names new district

Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema has proposed that a planned new
district – the city’s ninth – be named Pormeanchey district, though the
move is yet to be officially approved by the Ministry of Interior,
officials said.

Dangkor deputy district governor Seng Kun said the announcement was made during a meeting in the district on Wednesday.

According
to Kep Chuktema, Pormeanchey district will be formed from eight
communes from Dangkor district and five from Kandal Stung district in
Kandal province in line with a plan first mooted by City Hall in
December.

“The municipality has suggested the name to the Ministry of Interior, but there is no official approval yet,” Seng Kun said.

Leng
Vy, director general of the Interior Ministry’s General Department of
Local Administration, said yesterday that the municipality had not yet
requested the creation of a new district and that no date is set for a
meeting on the issue.

Dangkor district expanded in size from
15 to 26 communes in December, when 11 communes from Kandal’s Kandal
Stung and Ang Snuol districts were incorporated into Phnom Penh.

Chea
Nyta, deputy governor of Dangkor district, said in December that the
creation of a new district was necessary to facilitate administration
of the area.

“Higher leaders have prepared to split our district
into two districts because it is now too wide to govern,” she said in
early December.

During an expansion of the area carried out in
September, a total of 20 communes were cut from Kandal province and
incorporated into four of the capital’s districts: Dangkor, Russey Keo,
Meanchey and Sen Sok.

In addition to the 11 communes
incorporated into Dangkor district, two communes were also added to
Russey Keo, four communes were added to Meanchey and three communes
were added to Sen Sok.

Chea Nyta said in December that municipal
authorities were studying the specifics of the proposed division, and
that it would require careful consideration and additional financial
support from the government.

Phnom Penh Post
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