Hun Manet could be PM as soon as next mandate, Hun Sen says

Prime Minister Hun Sen's son Hun Manet was officially endorsed last week by CPP members as a future prime minister candidate during the party's Central Committee meeting in Phnom Penh. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday that his oldest son, Hun Manet, could come to hold the top position in government as soon as 2023.

CPP officially backs Hun Manet to be next prime minister

Prime Minister Hun Sen's son Hun Manet was officially endorsed Friday by CPP members as a future prime minister candidate during the party's Central Committee meeting in Phnom Penh. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

During its Friday conference, the central committee of the Cambodian People’s Party endorsed Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son, Hun Manet, as the next likely head of the national government.

Uneven Playing Field as Splintered Opposition Parties Prepare for 2022 Commune Elections

Yem Ponhearith , the president of the Kampuchea Niyum Party, speaks during International Human Rights' Day celebrations at his party's headquarters in Phnom Penh, December 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Khuon Narim

With the main opposition CNRP banned and one of its former leaders, Kem Sokha, facing trial on treason charges in January, observers say next year’s commune elections will likely be dominated by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s long-ruling CPP.

Hun Sen backs oldest son to be the next country’s leader

Prime Minister Hun Sen's son Hun Manet (center) attends the Independence Day ceremony in Phnom Penh. Picture taken November 9, 2019. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Prime Minister Hun Sen has publicly announced his support for his eldest son, Hun Manet, as his potential successor as prime minister. He claimed the announcement came in response to critics who have long accused him of paving the way for his son to take over as Cambodia’s next leader.

Prince Ranariddh dies Sunday in France, body will be returned to Cambodia this week

Prince Norodom Ranariddh gives an interview with media at his home in Phnom Penh. Picture taken October 14, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Royalist Funcinpec party president and former first Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh died from illness Sunday morning in France. He was 77 years old.