Hun Manet to rule Cambodia way ahead of schedule

Hun Sen’s dynastic succession plan is being expedited with his eldest son now widely expected to become premier after next July’s polls.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen could step down in the middle of next year as succession plans to hand power to his eldest son are seemingly on a new fast track.

After eliminating any meaningful political opposition and thus assured victory at next July’s general election, Hun Sen now plans to step down as prime minister and assume a more overarching role, making way for Hun Manet, 44, the de facto military chief, to replace him as premier, authoritative sources told Asia Times.

The long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has already confirmed Manet as the prime minister-in-waiting and his younger acolytes are quickly rising through the ranks. Hun Sen probably likely reckons there are now few succession risks while the 70-year-old is increasingly conscious about his own health, analysts say.

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