Hun Sen’s grand plan to hand power to his son

Cambodian leader expected to overcome opposition threat, restore US ties and start dynastic transition in 2020.

Cambodia’s politics have been so tumultuous in recent years that it is difficult to predict what will happen over the next few weeks, let alone the coming year. But it won’t take long to get a hint of what to expect in 2020.

On January 15, opposition leader Kem Sokha will finally have his day in court after being arrested and charged with treason in 2017 on what many view as trumped up charges of trying to overthrow the government.

Observers and analysts expect Kem Sokha to be convicted of the anti-state charge and then swiftly handed a royal pardon by Prime Minister Hun Sen, on the condition that he doesn’t re-enter politics.

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