Cambodia is set for its first transfer of power in almost four decades — to the son of its autocratic prime minister.
The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), led by Prime Minister Hun Sen, declared a landslide win in Sunday’s election, which was deemed a sham by the West and many international observers. Hun Sen, 70, has indicated that he will soon give up the premiership to his eldest son, Gen. Hun Manet, a soldier who was trained at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
The United States will also have an interest in how Hun Manet navigates tensions between Beijing and Washington. Cambodia is a long-standing ally of China, which is its largest investor. The United States is the Southeast Asian nation’s biggest trading partner.