Cam­bo­dia’s Hun Sen de­fends pro­mo­tion of his sons to top posts

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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.

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