A senior CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said to The Cambodia Daily on Tuesday that the ruling party was putting at least two of the prime minister’s sons forward as candidates for Parliament, 2013 Election.
“The party has approved the children of Samdech Decho [Mr. Hun Sen] to stand as CPP candidates for the national elections,” Mr. Yeap said.
Mr. Yeap said the CPP would be putting at least two of the prime minister’s sons forward, possibly all three, but declined to say more until the National Election Committee began accepting official lists of party candidates in late April.
As for Mr. Hun Sen’s sons, Manet, Manith and Many, all three have received overseas education, U.S. military training, and in recent years have assumed high-profile roles in public life, often featured on state-run TV at government events.
The most high-profile, Hun Manet, 35, has rocketed up the military chain-of-command in recent years. Among his many titles: Royal Cambodian Armed Forces major general; deputy chair of the RCAF Joint Staff; head of the Defense Ministry’s counterterrorism department; head of the ministry-spanning joint counterterrorism taskforce; and deputy commander of the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit.
Mr. Hun Sen’s second eldest son, Hun Manith, 31, is an RCAF colonel and deputy head of the powerful Military Intelligence Unit. He also serves as deputy secretary-general of the National Authority for Land Dispute Resolution.
The youngest son, Hun Many, 30, spent a year studying at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and heads up the CPP’s all-important Voluntary Youth Movement.
Independent political commentator Lao Mong Hay said introducing the prime minister’s sons to the political process was also a canny move.
“Maybe it’s a good thing to get them directly and openly involved in politics,” he said.
The SRP’s lawmaker Mr. SON Chhay agreed.
“People will have hope that the next generation will be more democratic and open-minded.”