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Prime Minister's Kin to Run in Cambodian Elections

21 February 2013

A son and son-in-law of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will run for parliament in a July general election that is expected to renew the long-ruling leader’s mandate for power, a spokesman for his party said Wednesday. Cheam Yeap, a top member of Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party, said party leaders decided last week to submit the candidacies of the prime minister’s youngest son, 30-year-old Hun Many, and his son-in-law, Dy Vichea, a senior police officer in the Interior Ministry. Their candidacies are likely to increase speculation that Hun Sen is seeking to establish a political dynasty, even though he is only 60. Most of Hun Sen’s immediate family members hold influential jobs.—AP