Cambodia ex-PM Hun Sen returns to frontline politics for Senate seat

Becoming president of the Senate will allow Hun Sen to act as head of state when the king is overseas, a move seen as the Hun family’s further consolidation of power.

Cambodian officials voted in a Senate election on Sunday, setting the stage for former leader Hun Sen to officially return to politics after he stepped down as prime minister last year.


After nearly four decades of hardline rule, Hun Sen handed power to his eldest son Hun Manet in national polls last August held without any significant opposition.

Hun Sen at the time made it clear that despite his resignation, he still intended to wield influence.

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