As 2021 drew to a close, three events seemed to encapsulate the state of Cambodia’s long-standing political camps: the announcement of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s successor, the splintering of the opposition and the death of Prince Norodom Ranariddh.
In October 2021, Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei handed over the chairmanship of ASEAN to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.
In 2022, ASEAN will continue to be preoccupied with Myanmar’s political crisis and the international community’s criticism on the issue. ASEAN has taken modest but unrivalled measures in this regard. The ASEAN Summit on 24 April 2021 issued a Chairman’s Statement, which implemented the ‘Five-Point Consensus’ on the situation in Myanmar, inviting ‘non-political representatives’ and refusing the attendance of Myanmar’s Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to the 38th and 39th concurrent ASEAN Summits.
Malaysia’s foreign minister has said that some Southeast Asian countries had reservations about last week’s visit to Myanmar by Cambodia’s leader, with concerns the trip could be seen as regional recognition of military rule amid continuing opposition to the coup.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the new chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) met military ruler Min Aung Hlaing last week in the first visit by a head of government to Myanmar since last February’s coup.
As 2020 drew to a close, major global finance authorities projected cautious optimism in their economic outlook for Cambodia in 2021. The profound impact of COVID-19 caused Cambodia’s economy to contract by 3.1 per cent in 2020, but Cambodia’s successful containment of the virus until that point meant that prospects of a sharp rebound of the economy in 2021 were bright and GDP was expected to grow by about 4 per cent.
Before plainclothes police forced Chhim Sithar into an unmarked sedan within sight of the casino complex where she had worked last week, the Cambodian union leader had plenty of time to consider alternative courses of action.
The president of the labour union at NagaWorld had been sought by police for her role in leading a weeks-long strike and demonstration outside the pair of sprawling casino-hotel facilities in downtown Phnom Penh.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has landed in Myanmar ahead of a meeting with coup leader Min Aung Hlaing amid protests in Myanmar and criticism from civil rights groups over the trip, the first by a foreign leader since the military seized power almost a year ago.
Hun Sen, who has all but wiped out political opposition in Cambodia, arrived in Naypyidaw shortly before 04:00 GMT and was pictured being greeted by the military’s foreign minister Wunna Maung. He later walked down a red carpet flanked on either side by an honour guard of soldiers dressed in pale blue tunics and white trousers.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is preparing for a visit to crisis-wracked Myanmar even as his top diplomat warned that the Southeast Asian country has “all the ingredients for civil war”.
Hun Sen, whose country this year holds the rotating chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will visit Myanmar on Friday and Saturday.
The arrest and detention of at least 29 casino union leaders and activists during a strike that began on New Year’s Eve in Cambodia, may represent a breach of human rights law, independent UN rights experts said on Wednesday.
While Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has kept the artifice of democracy in the country, with local commune elections to be held next year, his rule has been defined by illustrations of just how easily he can seize an opportunity to further secure and solidify his family’s power.
On 2 December the strongman gave a speech announcing that he would support his son, 44-year-old West Point graduate Hun Manet, to be his successor as leader of the Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) and to become the next leader of Cambodia.