H.E. Dr. Hun Manet to Become New Prime Minister of Cambodia from Aug. 22

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Phnom Penh, July 26, 2023 --

Caretaker Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has officially confirmed that he will not continue to be the Prime Minister of Cambodia and H.E. Dr. Hun Manet, his eldest son, will become the new Prime Minister from Aug. 22 onward.

“Hun Manet will begin his post as the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia from the evening of Aug. 22, 2023 onward,” said Samdech Techo Hun Sen in a special statement aired on the National Television of Cambodia (TVK) this afternoon.

“Since I took the post of Prime Minister on Jan. 14, 1985 until Aug. 22, 2023, I have been in office for 14,099 days or 2,014 weeks or 463 months or 38 years 7 months and 8 days,” he underlined.

According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, despite his resignation, he will continue his political career as the President of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), a member of the National Assembly and President of the Supreme Privy Council to His Majesty King, then President of the Senate after the Senate Election on Feb. 25, 2024.

“Therefore, I will continue to have the possibility to serve the people and help the government in maintaining peace, security, order and contribute to the country development, as well as assist His Majesty the King when he is absent,” he said. “I will not interfere in the affairs of the new Prime Minister or the new government, there is a clear separation between the legislative and executive bodies.”

Other dignitaries such as Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly; Samdech Krolahom Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior; Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defence; and Samdech Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, will be also appointed members of the Supreme Privy Council to His Majesty the King.

H.E. Dr. Hun Manet, current Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army, gained support from the ruling CPP as the future Prime Minister candidate in December 2021.

H.E. Dr. Hun Manet was born on Oct. 20, 1977 in Koh Thmar village, Memot district, Kampong Cham province (now Thbong Khmum province) during the Khmer Rouge rule of Cambodia. He married to Pich Chanmony with two daughters and one son.