Hun Sen’s middle son appointed a three-star general

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s middle son, Hun Manith, has recently been promoted a three-star general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces in what political commentator described as another move to consolidate Hun Sen’s family’s position within the military and to extend his power and influence, according to The Phnom Penh Post Online on Monday.

According to the Royal Gazette, Manith, 35, was promoted to lieutenant-general along with four of his peers, 12 brigadier generals were promoted to major-general and 11 colonels becoming brigadier generals.

The new promotion marks another feather in the cap of Hun Sen’s son who earlier this year was made deputy head of the Cambodian People’s Party’s internal monitoring team and in August was appointed a general director of the Defence Ministry’s Military Intelligence Department.

CPP spokesman SokEysan took umbrage with positions regarding the scion’s ascendency within the military, making a reference to President Donald Trump’s family business.

“When Donald Trump became president, did he ask all his children to resign from all their businesses and not promote them to have any roles?” he asked.

Political commentator Lao Mong Hay said the promotions were meant to consolidate Hun Sen’s family’s position within the military and to extend his power and influence.

“Now he places only the persons he trusts and are loyal to him, therefore, his power becomes stronger and stronger,” he said.