Hun Sen’s all-encompassing rule of Cambodia

The strongman has anointed his son as successor – after an election, of course.

While Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has kept the artifice of democracy in the country, with local commune elections to be held next year, his rule has been defined by illustrations of just how easily he can seize an opportunity to further secure and solidify his family’s power.

On 2 December the strongman gave a speech announcing that he would support his son, 44-year-old West Point graduate Hun Manet, to be his successor as leader of the Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) and to become the next leader of Cambodia.

“I announce today that I support my son to be prime minister but it has to go through elections,” Hun Sen told the government-aligned Fresh News.

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