Mr. Hun Manet graduated from the prestigious West Point Academy in the US and holds a doctorate degree abroad – Photo: AFP
“Now is not the time for Hun Manet. Hun Manet will have to wait,” Prime Minister Hun Sen said at the inauguration of a new road in Prey Veng province on December 6.
The Cambodian leader said his eldest son is not the only successor, but there will be four. All must be members of the ruling Cambodian People’s Revolutionary Party (CPP) and must be an MP.
Newspaper Khmer Times quoted Mr. Hun Sen as explaining this is a prerequisite because in order to be elected as prime minister, the candidate must be a legislator.
The 69-year-old Cambodian prime minister did not specify who the remaining three faces will compete with his son. He also announced that he would run for office in 2023 and 2028.
In a statement on December 4, the CPP Central Standing Committee announced its support for Hun Manet to succeed his father as Prime Minister of Cambodia.
The statement said that Mr. Hun Manet was “qualified, highly educated, capable and of good moral character, admired and respected by the masses, civil servants and armed forces”.
“The Standing Committee of the CPP Central Committee strongly believes and hopes that Mr. Hun Manet is a worthy person to become the future prime minister of Cambodia to continue to protect the territorial integrity, peace and social stability, enhance the prestige of the Cambodian people.” national trust, and develop the country in all fields for the prosperity, happiness and well-being of the Cambodian people,” the statement stressed.
Mr. Hun Sen’s three sons (from left to right): Mr. Hun Manith, Mr. Hun Manet and Mr. Hun Many – Photo: FACEBOOK HUN MANY
On December 2, Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is also the chairman of the CPP, announced that he fully supports his eldest son Hun Manet as his successor but must go through an election.
Newspaper Khmer Times commented that this is the clearest signal that Mr. Hun Sen is preparing his son to be prime minister.
After the above statement, the press inside and outside Cambodia had the opportunity to talk more about Mr. Hun Sen’s family. In it, ohNg Hun Manet was born in 1977, is the eldest in a family of 5 brothers, including 3 boys and 2 girls.
According to Cambodian media, Mr. Hun Manet is holding the 3-star military rank equivalent to a senior general in some countries and has held the position of Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army since 2018.
Mr. Hun Sen’s second son, Mr. Hun Manith, is a general in the field of intelligence and the youngest son, Mr. Hun Many is an MP.