The FUNCINPEC party members are urging the party to appoint more than 500 members for high positions in various ministries at city and provincial levels as soon as possible, as agreed by FUNCINPEC president Norodom Ranaridh and Prime Minister Hun Sen in March.
Secretary of State of the Ministry of Information, and FUNCINPEC spokeman, Chea Boribo said the delay for the appointments stemmed from technical problems not from the rift within the party.
The current coalition government has 186 cabinet members, 7 deputy prime minsiters, 15 senior ministers, 28 ministers, and 135 secretaries of states. The number of deputy provincial governors has increased from 3 to 8 in each province.
Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) secretary general Eng Chhay Eang said the additional positions in the government is against the futher expansion by saying it is a waste of money.
President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights(CCHR) Kem Sokha said it is wrong to expand mid-level government officials.