Cambodia’s Hun Sen defends promotion of his sons to top posts
PHNOM PENH, (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen defended yesterday the promotion of his three sons to senior positions in government and the military, citing their education and qualifications.
Two of Hun Sen’s sons are high-ranking members of the military. His youngest son is a member of parliament and chairs a parliamentary commission on youth and sport.
Hun Sen’s critics say the appointments are aimed at cementing the 66-year-old’s control over government and the economy at a time of political tension after a widely criticised election in July.
“They all have doctorate or master’s degrees. Why should they waste them? I should find work for them,” Hun Sen said, speaking at an academic award ceremony for high school students in the capital, Phnom Penh.
Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party won all 125 parliamentary seats in the election, which the United Nations and some Western countries have said was flawed because of the lack of a credible opposition among other factors.