The head of a construction firm that was involved in a massive land swap with Siem Reap’s provincial government in 2010 defended the deal on Friday saying orders for the move of government offices and civil servants—which is now being reversed—came directly from the national government. Siem Reap provincial officials last week blamed former provincial governor Sou Phirin for the deal which saw 26 government departments and their staff of more than 1,000 moved to a remote area some 16 km outside Siem Reap City. The remoteness of the site had caused logistical problems for Siem Reap’s administration
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