Cambodia’s New Leader: What Is Hun Manet Inheriting?

After 38 years in power, Prime Minister Hun Sen — one of the longest-serving leaders in the world — is passing the baton to his eldest son, Hun Manet.

The transfer of power, which officially takes place on Aug. 22, comes on the heels of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) landslide victory in an uncompetitive election last month.

Gallup data show that in many ways, Hun Manet is inheriting a relatively stable country where confidence in several institutions — such as the military and financial institutions (each at 82%) — runs high, but inequality does too.

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