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Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng at a podium during a meeting, in a photo posted to his Facebook page on August 9, 2021.

Sar Kheng Is Lone Manet Holdout Among Deputy Prime Ministers

Sar Kheng has not endorsed Hun Manet as Prime Minister Hun Sen’s likely successor, making him the lone holdout among the 10 deputy prime ministers. His nine peers have all signed onto public statements of support for Hun Sen’s eldest son.

Hun Manet on a visit to China in February 2020. (Hun Manet’s Facebook page)

Hun Sen Endorses Son as Next PM, Dismisses Sar Kheng’s Chances

In his most clear comments about succession, Prime Minister Hun Sen said his oldest son and army commander Hun Manet would take over from him, while shooting down any chances of rumored prime ministerial hopeful and Interior Minister Sar Kheng’s ascension.

Soldiers gathered for a presentation in Kampong Chhnang province on March 10, 2021. (Hun Manet Facebook Page)

Military Doctors Mobilized to Treat Covid-19 Cases

Prime Minister Hun Sen said about 300 military doctors would be mobilized and two more hotels turned into hospitals as the country deals with its worst Covid-19 outbreak to date, including the first official death recorded on Thursday.

Hun Manet speaks at the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit, in Phnom Penh on September 9, 2020, in a photo posted to Manet’s Facebook page.

‘Bamboo Shoot’ Hun Manet Stands In for Father at Military Ceremony

Hun Manet presided over a military ceremony in lieu of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday, making a speech in front of government ministers and high-ranking officials in what one analyst said was a display of his intention to eventually succeed his father.

Hun Manet participates in the 20th anniversary commemoration of the creation of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ military headquarters in Phnom Penh, in this photograph posted to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook page.

Hun Manet Appointed to Lead Ruling Party’s Youth Movement

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son General Hun Manet has been appointed to lead the ruling CPP’s purported 1.8 million-strong youth movement, a promotion that one analyst called a “preparation” for Manet to one day lead the nation.