Hun Sen’s post-election resignation a near done deal

Asia’s longest-serving leader has put his dynastic succession plan in overdrive after taming all last vestiges of opposition.

Prime Minister Hun Sen is ready to step back from frontline politics after a general election in July, raising the chances that Cambodia will soon have a new leader for the first time in 38 years.

The plan is now for Hun Sen, 70, to retire as premier immediately after the general election on July 23 – in which his ruling party is assured an outright victory – or shortly afterward when a new, youthful cabinet has been formed, several sources told Asia Times.

The cogs now appear to be turning much more quickly in order to set up a swift transition to a government led by his eldest son Hun Manet, 45, who in late 2021 was nominated by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to be its future prime ministerial candidate.

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