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Hun Sen's succession plan: Cambodian PM backs son to take over

Ruling family moves to secure dynasty as opposition fractures

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, has backed his son, Hun Manet, to succeed him.(Source photos by Reuters)

PHNOM PENH -- Hopes for reviving competitive democracy in Cambodia faded further this week as the country's largest opposition force publicly fractured and Prime Minister Hun Sen explicitly backed his eldest son, a military general, to succeed him as leader.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy West Point in 1999, Hun Manet quickly rose through the ranks of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. He has long been seen as his father's anointed heir.

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