Hun Sen’s seemingly seamless succession in Cambodia

Long-ruling leader has handed power to his son with barely a peep of internal and mainly ineffectual external dissent.

After a decade of laying the political groundwork in Cambodia, longstanding Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s planned transfer of power to his son went almost according to plan.

Not even Meta could prevent the inevitable outcome when it banned Hun Sen from its platforms in the lead-up to the July 2023 election, removing a vital outlet for government propaganda.

Hun Manet, the eldest son of Hun Sen, was eventually elected to the National Assembly for the first time on July 23, 2023. The real surprise came a few days later when Hun Sen set a clear timeframe for his resignation after 38 years in office despite countless utterances of his wishes to remain in power well into the 2030s.

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