Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, Asia’s longest-serving nonhereditary ruler, has announced his decision to step down from the premiership. The 70-year-old leader made the announcement during a news conference in Phnom Penh on Wednesday.
Hun Sen revealed that he would be handing over power to his son, General Hun Manet, who will take over as the new Prime Minister in three weeks. Despite stepping down from the premiership, Hun Sen stated that he will continue to lead the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and assume the role of President of the Senate.
“I will still have the ability to serve the interests of the people and help the government oversee the country’s security and public order, as well as join them in guiding the development of the country,” Hun Sen said.
The news of Hun Sen’s resignation comes after his party’s recent landslide victory in Sunday’s elections. However, the country’s main opposition party was barred from competing in the elections.
Hun Sen has been a prominent figure in Cambodian politics for many years and has held the position of Prime Minister since 1985. His decision to pass on the leadership to his son marks a significant moment in Cambodia’s political landscape.
The move is expected to have far-reaching implications for Cambodia’s future political direction and governance.