Hun Sen says he will rule Cambodia ‘until I want to stop’

Prime minister rules out any transfer of power and takes a dig at opposition parties.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has backed away from a previous promise, made as recently as late last year, that he will remain leader for the next 10 years. The region’s longest-serving leader now says he will remain in office as long as he wants.

Speaking at a press conference after receiving a Covid-19 vaccination on March 4, Hun Sen said: “Now I stop speaking of running as premier for 10 or 20 years. I will be prime minister until I want to stop.”

Speculation had intensified in recent months that his eldest son Hun Manith, a four-star general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, was being groomed to take over from his authoritarian father.

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