Opinion

Why More Hun Sen Has Meant Less Progress for Cambodia

While Cambodia is certainly better off than it was in the 1990s, progress has slowed as the premier’s rule has continued.

Despite recent setbacks such as the European Union’s decision to partly suspend Cambodia from a preferential trade scheme, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s political carousing last month to mark his 35 years in power – a feat that makes him one of the world’s longest-ruling leaders – has provided yet another occasion for others to wax lyrical over the big man’s achievements which has continued on over the past few weeks.

The ruling party’s spokesman Sok Eysan noted that because of the prime minister “we have stability and development” – a common refrain that is heard. Meanwhile, the fawning Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said that Hun Sen “has turned Cambodia, formerly known as the killing fields, into becoming a peace island and very attractive tourist destination” in yet another familiar comparison.

In full: https://thediplomat.com/2020/02/why-more-hun-sen-has-meant-less-progress-for-cambodia/

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