Another round of mass army promotions in Cambodia

The Hun Sen government has approved a new round of mass military promotions, elevating 40 officers to the rank of brigadier general and another 16 to major general status, The Phnom Penh Post Online reported on Tuesday.

In April, the government promoted 42 officers to the status of brigadier general and nine to major general, before promoting 13 additional officials in various general’s ranks in another batch.

It was estimated that there are more than 3,000 generals in Cambodia.

Defence Ministry spokesman Chhum Socheat said the promotions were based on merit and capability and they followed requests by the army commanders.

Socheat also stressed that there was no corruption or nepotism in the promotion process.

But political analyst Meas Ny said the promotions are a way for the government to shore up support from the armed forces.

“We have seen huge promotions in the armed forces because the government wants to show favour to them through promotions so they will protect the government,” he said.