Strongman Hun Sen showing signs of weakness

Long-time Cambodian leader is reverting to his bad old threatening ways amid mounting political, economic and diplomatic crises.

The pressure seems to be getting to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen as economic, diplomatic and political crises mount for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which has ruled as a de facto one-party state since 2018.

Using vulgar and intimidating language rarely heard by the long-time leader in recent times, Hun Sen, 68, seemingly threatened the safety of the family of a former lawmaker of a now-banned opposition party who, he says, organized a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh on October 23, which was violently quashed by the authorities.

“You should stop, Vann. Your wife and children are in Phnom Penh,” Hun Sen threatened Ho Vann, who is now in exile in the United States. “You are crazy. Be careful – your wife and children cannot sleep well, and must be frightened.”

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