A ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Change in Cambodia: A New Leader

Gen. Hun Manet is expected to guide a generational shift in Cambodian politics, taking over for his father Hun Sen, one of the world’s longest-ruling prime ministers.

For close to four decades, Hun Sen, the prime minister of Cambodia, maintained his grip on power by upholding a simple conceit: The country needed him, and, as such, he could never retire.


Not anymore.

On Tuesday, Mr. Hun Sen, 71, transferred the premiership to his son, Gen. Hun Manet, a 45-year-old graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and chief of the Cambodian Army. The move caps a generational shift so rare that three out of four Cambodians have only ever known Mr. Hun Sen as their leader.

In full: https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/21/world/asia/cambodia-hun-manet-prime-minister.html

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