Cambodian king to appoint Hun Sen’s son as new PM

Cambodia’s king on Monday will appoint Hun Manet as the country’s new leader after his father Hun Sen calls time on nearly four decades of hardline rule.

Days after a landslide victory in July’s election, Hun Sen – one of the world’s longest-serving leaders – announced he was stepping down as prime minister and handing power to his eldest son.

The polls were widely decried as a sham after the opposition challenger Candlelight Party was barred from running over a technicality, with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) winning all but five seats in the 125-member lower house.

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