Cambodia’s ruling party endorses PM Hun Sen’s son as future leader

Cambodia’s longtime ruling party voted to endorse Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son as “future prime minister” on Friday (Dec 24) but did not specify when he might succeed his father, who has been in power for more than three decades.

In one of the world’s longest premierships, Hun Sen, 69, has overseen a period in which political rivals have been jailed or exiled, critical media outlets shuttered and civil dissent crushed.

His Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) – which holds every seat in parliament – said it had unanimously endorsed his son Hun Manet, a 44-year-old senior military figure, as “the prime minister candidate in the future”.

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