Hun Manet presided over a military ceremony in lieu of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday, making a speech in front of government ministers and high-ranking officials in what one analyst said was a display of his intention to eventually succeed his father.
Manet, the commander of the Cambodian army, spoke in Kandal province at the 11th anniversary of the official establishment of Hun Sen’s Bodyguard Unit. He talked of unnamed provocateurs planning to destroy Cambodia’s peace and stability — a common Hun Sen refrain — and appealed for unity among the country’s armed forces.
“My duty and my obligation is building up forces that are honest to the nation and its people, keep the peace and do not allow anyone to destroy [the peace],” Manet said.
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