Hun Sen’s son hails ‘victory day’ before rigged election

Hun Manet charms Cambodian voters as he prepares for premier's job that father says could be his within weeks.

Cambodian leader Hun Sen’s eldest son and chosen successor hailed “victory day” in a final rambunctious rally on Friday, ahead of one-sided elections that his father’s ruling party is guaranteed to win.

Hun Manet might take over the prime minister’s post as soon as next month, following a surprise revelation made by his father this week.

One of the world’s longest-serving rulers, Hun Sen has played off tensions between the United States and China to buttress his grip on power, and critics say that more than 30 years after UN-brokered peace accords ended decades of bloody conflict, his rule has left Cambodian democracy in a sorry state.

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