A book titled “New Blood among Successors”, which is about Prime Minister Hun Sen’s three sons, was launched by its author in the capital yesterday.
The 400-page book written by Chhay Sophal provides details about Hun Manet, Hun Manith and Hun Many, and describes their social, political and humanitarian activities, both in Cambodia and internationally, to help the country. It also mentions their two sisters Hun Mana and Hun Mali.
Mr Sophal said the book does not only focus on Mr Hun Sen’s three sons, but also on children of other elites who could possibly succeed him as Prime Minister.
He said he personally interviewed Mr Manet, Mr Manith and Mr Many and found they have the potential to lead the country.
“For me, through my interviews, I find that all three of them have the potential to become Prime Minister,” Mr Sophal said. “To be Prime Minister they have to go through many process such as gaining the trust of the ruling party and also support from the public.”
“In this book, I want to show the young generation that even if they are sons of a country’s leader they must work to help society,” he added.
Lt Gen Manet is the oldest son born on October, 20, 1977, in Kampong Cham province’s Memot district. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Now Lt Gen Manet is RCAF’s army commander.
“Prime Minister Hun Sen has remained a good leader,” he says in the book. “What is important for me is that I pay attention to my work that I am doing now.”
Lt Gen Manith is general director of the General Directorate of Intelligence and said in the book any one can be Prime Minister.
“Each person has ambition and their goals in the short-term and long-term. Everyone can be Prime Minister….For me, I have no ambition to become Prime Minister.”
Mr Many, a lawmaker for Kampong Speu province, said in the book that being Prime Minister is a huge responsibility.
“The Prime Minister position does not belong to the Hun family,” he added, noting that it is the people who vote for a leader from any political party.