Cambodian PM Backs His Son Hun Manet to Succeed Him

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s announcement offered the strongest signal of support for his 44-year-old son.

Cambodia’s long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday endorsed his son Hun Manet to succeed him as the country’s leader, confirming the widespread belief that the 44-year-old is being groomed for the top job.

Hun Sen made the remark during a characteristically extempore speech in the coastal city of Sihanoukville, in which he declared his support for Manet to take over as the prime ministerial candidate of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

“I declare today to support my son to be the next prime minister but it means nothing without an election. It must be voted on,” the 69-year-old said, according to a translation of his comments by the local media outlet Voice of Democracy.

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