Hun Sen’s dynasty plan under hot military fire

Powerful Defense Minister Tea Banh is reportedly resisting and could blow up Hun Sen’s plan to hand power to his son.

A dispute involving relatives of Cambodia’s senior politicians could complicate or even derail Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-planned dynastic succession while raising new questions about whether China actually supports the transfer of power.

The potential for game-changing political ructions is growing. According to sources familiar with the situation who requested anonymity, a family member of Defense Minister Tea Banh allegedly threatened one of Hun Sen’s relatives who was in line for a promotion within the defense ministry, a key conduit of Chinese influence in Cambodia.

Hun Sen, 70, is planning to hand power to his eldest son and the country’s current army commander, Hun Manet, who was accepted by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to be its future prime ministerial candidate in late 2021.

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