Cambodia’s Hun Manet likely to lead cabinet of ‘princelings’, in move of ‘stability over democracy’

Little reason to expect that the younger politicians would produce any significant changes in Cambodia’s domestic and foreign policies, say analysts. While these younger leaders are mostly Western-educated, there was ‘no guarantee’ they would be open and undertake reforms.

When Hun Manet’s rule of Cambodia begins later this month following a transfer of power by his strongman father Hun Sen, his new government is likely to include the children of several veteran officials, raising doubt that a new dawn could come from such “fiefdoms” in parliament, analysts said.

Cambodia’s king on Monday appointed army chief Hun Manet, 45, to succeed prime minister Hun Sen, 70, who ended his 38-year rule following a walkover election in July that gave his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) another landslide win.

Hun Manet, who was educated at the United States’ West Point military academy, will have to prepare the composition of the government for approval by Cambodia’s parliament, which convenes for a vote on August 22 to finalise the transition.

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