20 Jan '11, 5pm

Cambodian PM defends son's military promotion: PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday defended...

Cambodian PM defends son's military promotion: PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday defended...

PHNOM PENH: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday defended his son's recent military promotion, a move that has fuelled speculation the young man is being groomed to succeed his father. Hun Manet, 33, is already chief of the ministry of defence's anti-terrorism unit as well as deputy commander of Hun Sen's personal bodyguard unit. He was promoted to a two-star general in a ceremony earlier this month, and critics have said his rapid career progression could be seen as an attempt by Hun Sen to consolidate his political power. But the premier has hit back, saying his son - who graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1999 and earned a doctorate in economics at Britain's University of Bristol - was well-qualified for the roles. "He joined the army in 1994. He has been in army for 16 years, and there is promotion within the army ranks," Hun Sen said in a ...

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