Hun Sen first took power in Cambodia when Ronald Reagan was wrapping up his first term in office, Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” topped pop music charts and the Soviet Union was a superpower.
Unlike many of his authoritarian peers, the Cambodian prime minister says he is stepping down on his terms and timetable this summer after finding a suitable successor: his son.
Hun Sen is expected to resign after winning reelection in July, ending a remarkable journey. Once a severely wounded guerrilla in Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge, he became one of the world’s longest-ruling leaders, crushing dissent and unsettling the U.S. with a steady move toward China.
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