National Defence Minister General Tea Banh has defended the promotion of Lieutenant General Hun Manet as the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ army commander following criticism that Lt Gen Manet was only promoted because of his father, Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Lt Gen Manet was officially promoted on Friday to replace General Meas Sophea at a ceremony presided by King Norodom Sihamoni.
Gen Meas Sophea was reassigned as senior minister following a request by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
“Some people said that the promotion was because of his father’s influence, but they didn’t look at Lt Gen Hun Manet’s capacity,” Gen Banh said. “We all recognise his ability and he deserves to be army commander in charge of infantry.”
“We wanted to enhance the army’s efficiency,” he added. “Frankly, we want someone who has a lot of energy and ability.”
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