Cambodian king to appoint Hun Sen's son as new PM

By AFP   August 6, 2023 | 06:45 pm PT
Cambodian king to appoint Hun Sen's son as new PM
Hun Manet gestures after he casts his vote at a polling station in Phnom Penh on July 23, 2023. Photo by AFP
Cambodia's king on Monday will appoint Hun Manet the country's new leader.

Days after a landslide victory in July's election, Hun Sen -- one of the world's longest-serving leaders -- announced he was stepping down as prime minister and handing power to his eldest son.

On Monday, following a request from Hun Sen, King Norodom Sihamoni is set to issue a royal decree making four-star general Hun Manet the prime minister.

However, to officially become the country's new leader the 45-year-old and his new cabinet must win a confidence vote in parliament set for August 22.

A member of the ruling party's permanent committee, Hun Manet has been the Royal Cambodian Army's commander since 2018.

He has also met some world leaders including President Xi Jinping of China. After stepping down, Hun Sen will become president of the Senate early next year and acting head of state when the king is overseas.

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