Hun Sen, Cambodia’s authoritarian leader who has ruled the country for almost four decades, has said he will soon hand power to his son, Hun Manet.
Under Hun Sen, opposition figures have been jailed or forced to flee the country, and independent media shuttered. The question now is whether this generational shift will bring any change.
Manet, the eldest of Hun Sen’s children, was born in 1977, during the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge, which is estimated to have killed 2 million Cambodians. Hun Sen was originally a Khmer Rouge commander but defected to Vietnam and went on to help overthrow the regime.