Rocky road ahead for Hun Sen’s succession plan

When Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen landed in Naypyidaw last Friday for talks with Myanmar’s junta leader, he arrived accompanied by two of his sons, the parliamentarian Hun Many and Cambodia’s de facto military chief Hun Manet, who was recently selected as the country’s next prime ministerial candidate.

Hun Sen, as chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, courted controversy with his Myanmar visit as many commentators argued it achieved nothing but to confer legitimacy on the brutal junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

One thing achieved, however, was the diplomatic schmoozing necessary before the eventual succession of Manet, who on December 24 received the support of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to take over when his father finally steps down.

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