Dith Tina, a former secretary of state in the Energy Ministry, has been voted the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries on Friday, receiving 111 votes from members of the National Assembly.
Veng Sakhon was removed on October 8 and has since been promoted to be a deputy prime minister.
Prime Minister Hun Sen attended the National Assembly session on Friday and the 111 votes came out of the 111 members of parliament present at the session.
Tina, son of Supreme Court president Dith Munty, was nominated by Hun Sen on the same day he removed Sakhon.
Theng Savoeun, president of the Coalition of Cambodia Farmers Community, said that the appointment of the new minister is an opportunity to demonstrate his abilities in heading the ministry to handle rising crises and concerns that pose challenges to farmers.
“For me, the appointment of a new dignitary will give a fresh perspective. As the one who is responsible for this cannot solve it, it should give a newcomer a chance. This is what I see,” Savoeun said.
“However, regarding the agriculture sector, we are eager to see more of the new minister's performance and problem-solving abilities,” he added.