Speculation has persisted in recent months that Hun Manet will eventually succeed his father as prime minister of Cambodia. It’s a job the West Point graduate is qualified for, but the way ahead is filled with obstacles should he want to lead.
This is also the type of talk that usually makes local headlines in the government-friendly press during a quiet news spell, particularly in these times when pandemic lockdowns and avoiding COVID-19 are the dominant drivers of the news cycle.
But Hun Sen is a proven political operator. Positioning his family within Cambodia’s power structure has been a hallmark of his rule since he was first named prime minister under Vietnamese occupation in 1985.