Cambodia’s Hun Sen unveils new government with son as leader

Outgoing Cambodian ruler Hun Sen on Thursday revealed the nation’s fresh government, led by his eldest son and involving his youngest son and his nephew in senior roles. Mr Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) won all but five of 125 seats in the Lower House in the July polls, which were so much ridiculed as fake after the sole opposition party was hindered from running. Days after the landslide victory, Mr Hun Sen – one of the world’s longest-serving rulers – declared that he was stepping down and giving away power to his eldest son Hun Manet after around four decades of iron-fisted rule.

The Cambodian King on Monday appointed four-star general Hun Manet, 45, the nation’s new ruler , taking the dynastic power transfer. The new prime minister and Cabinet would be vowed in on Aug 22, Mr Hun Sen had earlier said. Mr Hun Sen posted photos to his Telegram channel of a meeting on Thursday of outgoing and new government ministers, involving one revealing Mr Hun Manet edged by some 30 incoming Cabinet members.

The outgoing Prime Minister’s nephew, Mr Neth Savoeun, right now the wonderful National Police chief, will have the opportunity to be a deputy prime minister. Previous Khmer Rouge cadre Hun Sen, who has been in power since the year 1985, has denied international condemnation that July’s polls were unlawful, because the handover was done to hinder “bloodshed” should he die in office.