Cambodia Unveils Youthful New Cabinet Ahead of Power Transition

As expected, the line-up of ministers, who will be sworn in along with Prime Minister Hun Manet on August 22, includes many close relations of high-ranking CPP officials.

Cambodia’s outgoing Prime Minister Hun Sen has revealed the country’s new and more youthful cabinet, which is set to take office on August 22 under the leadership of his eldest son Hun Manet.

The impending generational handover comes after Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won a walkover election victory on July 23, in which the main opposition party was barred from participating and the CPP subsequently emerged with 120 out of the National Assembly’s 125 seats. Shortly after the election, Hun Sen announced he was stepping down and handing power to Manet, after more than 38 years at the pinnacle of Cambodian politics.

Yesterday, Hun Sen posted photos to his Telegram channel of a meeting of outgoing and new government ministers, including one showing Manet, 45, flanked by around 30 incoming cabinet members.

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