US NAMES NEW AMBASSADOR TO CAMBODIA
US President Donald Trump has appointed W Patrick Murphy as the new US Ambassador to Cambodia, replacing incumbent William A Heidt, the Phnom Penh Post reports. A press release posted on the White House’s website said nominee Murphy is currently acting principal deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the US State Department. Relations between Cambodia and the United States have hit their lowest in years after the arrest of a rival of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, Kem Sokha, and the dissolution of his opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). On February, The White House announced that the US is cutting aid to Cambodia because of “recent setbacks to democracy” in the Southeast Asian country.