Cambodia’s defense minister backs Hun Sen’s son for PM

Tea Banh makes public declaration after opposition leader Sam Rainsy voiced support for the minister's son.

Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh has publicly backed the eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen as a candidate for nation’s top job and accused exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy of attempting to split the ruling party.

The support was announced after reports of internal disputes within the ranks of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) as the Southeast Asian nation gears up for polls which may see Hun Sen, one of the longest-serving leaders in the world, being replaced by Hun Manet as prime minister.

Rainsy, the leader-in-exile of the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), had criticized the dynastic transition, saying in a Facebook post that he supported Gen. Banh’s son, Tea Seiha, who is now acting as governor of Siem Reap province, as future prime minister.

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