Kep Chuktema

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Kep Chuktema
កែប ជុតិមា
17th Governor of Phnom Penh
In office
February 2003 – 14 April 2013
Preceded by Chea Sophara
Succeeded by Pa Socheatvong
Governor of Takéo
In office
Governor of Ratanakiri
In office
Member of Parliament
for Phnom Penh
Assumed office
23 September 2013
Personal details
Born (1951-02-07) 7 February 1951 (age 66)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Nationality Cambodian
Political party Cambodian People's Party
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Kep Chuktema (Khmer: កែប ជុតិមា) is the former governor and mayor of the Municipality of Phnom Penh.[1][2]


Under Kep Chuktema's tenure, about 100,000 Phnom Penh residents have been displaced to relocation sites in and around Phnom Penh where access to employment, education healthcare and clean water is often limited. The municipality over the past ten years has failed to tackle the rate at which the population is growing. The city today faces more gridlock with the rise of population growth at 7.5% each year.[3]

In March, Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed concern for the failing state of Phnom Penh’s infrastructure during a meeting with the visiting mayor of Paris. He said the city's expansion had led to electricity shortages, traffic jams, trash problems and an inadequate water supply system.

Chuktema is best remembered for the widely unpopular filling in of Boeung Kak lake and the violent land evictions there and at the Borei Keila community, whose landless residents continue to protest regularly in Phnom Penh.


  1. ^ "'Freedom Park' opens". Straits Times. November 4, 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Sokha, Cheang (25 November 2010). "PM overcome by grief". The Phnom Penh Post. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong Phnom Penh Governor Leaves Behind Mixed Legacy". OpenDevelopment. November 4, 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2013.