Cambodia parliament elects Hun Sen’s son, Hun Manet, as new PM

Hun Manet is now the prime minister but Hun Sen will remain very much at the centre of power, analysts say.

Cambodia’s national assembly has officially elected the eldest son of outgoing premier Hun Sen to be the country’s new prime minister, a transition of power likened by some to a Southeast Asian version of North Korea’s dynastic leadership.


Hun Manet, 45, a four-star general in Cambodia’s military, was elected by all 123 members of Cambodia’s lower house of parliament who were present for the vote on Tuesday.

“Today is a very important, historical day for the Kingdom of Cambodia,” Hun Manet told lawmakers after the vote.

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