Cambodian PM demands US certify son’s degree

Hun Manet says he will resign if allegations by outlawed opposition leader Sam Rainsy are proved to be true.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has “demanded” that Washington certify his eldest son’s university degree after outlawed opposition leader Sam Rainsy alleged his qualification from the prestigious United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, was “second class.”

Hun Manet, who is being widely touted to succeed his father as prime minister, became the first Cambodian to graduate from West Point in 1999 and completed his master’s degree at New York University and then earned a PhD from the University of Bristol in England.

“Only the US has the answer. I inform the US ambassador to Cambodia to consider whether the US shall protect the reputation of West Point or the statement of Sam Rainsy,” Hun Sen said, according to a dispatch from the government-friendly Fresh News service.

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