PHNOM PENH, August 6, (Khmer Times) – Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to Thai media [The Nation] reporting that his eldest son, Hun Manet, will be his successor as Prime Minister.
At the fifth University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2014, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that “The Nation” had reported that his son
visited Thailand with Deputy Prime Minister Tea Banh. This fact, and his (Mr.Hun Manet’s) presence at various official occasions show him to be predestinated/designated to be his father’s seccesor as Prime Minister.
Mr. Hun Sen reacted to this statement by saying that there will be no succession of the office from father to son.
“I have five children and five children-in-law. All of them have possessed degrees ranging from bachelor’s degrees to doctorate’s degrees, but I cannot include them into the government ‘s cabinet members in order to avoid the criticism of nepotism.
Mr. Hun Sen said in democratic societies, prime ministers are elected by people, not by transferring power from fathers to sons.
“I can arrange others’ competent children to hold positions in the government, but I cannot appoint my own children for those positions,” Hun Sen said.