Hun Sen’s son to stand in July election

Strongman's successor tops party list, a requirement for aspiring Cambodian prime ministers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party has nominated his eldest son to be a candidate in the general election in July, a document showed on Saturday.

In a decision letter, a copy of which was seen by Kyodo News, Hun Manet, already endorsed by the Cambodian People’s Party as a future prime minister, is the first of 12 candidates on the party’s list for the July 23 election for the National Assembly.

Hun Sen, who has ruled the country since 1985, has hinted at stepping down but has said repeatedly that he will stand again as the only candidate for prime minister in the coming election.

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