Assessing Cambodia’s New Political Leadership

A conversation with Bradley Murg.

Cambodian autocrat Hun Sen completed a “generational” transfer of power this morning after the ruling party approved his eldest son Hun Manet as prime minister and a new government was sworn in by the National Assembly.

The vote came one month after the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) secured government by winning 120 of the 125 seats at a national election, derided as “rigged” in the West and by human rights groups, following the disqualification of the opposition Candlelight Party.

Generational change will also see the children of many senior cabinet ministers taking over their fathers’ portfolios, ensconcing Hun Sen’s power structure and his ruling elites for years to come.

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