Manet gets pro­mo­tion

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Mech Dara

THE deputy com­man­der of the Royal Cam­bo­dian Armed Forces (RCAF), Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Hun Manet, will be pro­moted to act­ing chief of the joint staffs and chief of the armed forces. How­ever, he re­tains his cur­rent re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as well.

Manet who is the son of Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen, re­places Gen­eral Kun Kim and Gen­eral Meas Sophea, who are both step­ping down to stand as can­di­dates in the July 29 elec­tions, ac­cord­ing to an an­nounce­ment.

Gen­eral Sao Sokha, an­other RCAF deputy com­man­der, will as­sume the role of act­ing com­man­der of the armed forces. He re­places Gen­eral Pol Saroeun, who is also look­ing to win a Na­tional As­sem­bly seat in the com­ing elec­tions.

The an­nounce­ment, signed by Banh and ob­tained by The Post on Wed­nes­day, read: “Tea Banh, deputy prime min­is­ter and min­is­ter of de­fence, has is­sued new roles in the Royal Cam­bo­dia Armed Forces.

“They are as fol­lows: His Ex­cel­lency Gen­eral Sao Sokha will be­come act­ing com­man­der of the RCAF, to­gether with his ex­ist­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties; His Ex­cel­lency Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Hun Manet, deputy com­man­der of RCAF, will be­come act­ing chief of joint staff and chief of the RCAF to­gether with his ex- ist­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,”

“The changes were made fol­low­ing re­quests for spe­cial leave for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the up­com­ing elec­tions and are ef­fec­tive from June 30.”

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Hang Vi­tou claimed the pro­mo­tion of Manet was a planned move to main­tain power by the rul­ing Cam­bo­dian Peo­ple’s Party.

“This is be­cause Hun Sen does not trust any­one as much as his chil­dren,” he said.

Sokha has long been the com­man­der of the Na­tional Mil­i­tary Po­lice and a deputy RCAF com­man­der-in-chief. He is said to have forged close ties to the prime min­is­ter since he was an aide to Hun Sen in the 1970s.

Manet is also the cur­rent head of the joint-min­istry coun­tert­er­ror­ism task­force and deputy com­man­der of Hun Sen’s Body­guard Unit.

He had pre­vi­ously par­tic­i­pated in ne­go­ti­a­tions dur­ing the 2008 dis­pute be­tween Cam­bo­dia and Thai­land in­volv­ing the area sur­round­ing the 11th-cen­tury Preah Vihear tem­ple.

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Hun Manet salutes the Cam­bo­dian flag in Phnom Penh last year.

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