Cambodia’s future prime ministerial candidate, Hun Manet, was promoted four-star general by King Norodom Sihamoni on Friday.
The promotion comes after the King submitted a Royal Decree on 17 March, ordering 44-year-old Hun Manet to be elevated in ranks from 3-star Lieutenant General to 4-star General.
Hun Manet has been gaining international popularity for his leadership in establishing military cooperation deals with other nations.
Hun Manet is the eldest son of Hun Sen, Cambodia’s Prime Minister. He also was the first Cambodian to graduate from West Point Military Academy in the United States, and holds a Doctorate of Economics from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, EACNews reports.
Prior to his promotion, Hun Manet served as a 3-Star Lieutenant General, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) and Commander-in-Chief of the Army.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has publicly declared his support for Hun Manet as his successor.