Hun Manet, Cambodia’s Western-educated dictator-in-waiting

Last week’s declaration by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen calling for the armed forces, led by his son Hun Manet, to “destroy” the already outlawed opposition confirms what many had feared, even as the international community and the United Nations have been generously silent on Hun Sen’s violent words, which have often been translated into lethal action.

It was just a couple of months ago that Hun Sen “promoted” Hun Manet, his eldest son, through a so-called royal decree as chief of the joint staff of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and commander of the army’s infantry headquarters, and reportedly as a possible successor to the premiership.

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