New Cambodian PM proclaims ambitious vision

Hun Manet aims for high-income country status by 2050 but details scarce.

Prime Minister Hun Manet pledged on Thursday to make the kingdom a “high-income country” by 2050 while boosting food security and access to healthcare, but offered little in the way of concrete plans for achieving the ambitious goals.

Lawmakers endorsed Hun Manet, the eldest son of longtime strongman Hun Sen, as the new prime minister on Tuesday, sealing a dynastic handover of power after last month’s one-sided polls.

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all but five of the 125 lower house seats in the July 23 election, which was widely dismissed as a sham after the main opposition party was barred from running.

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