Cambodia’s parliament approves new deputy prime minister

Cambodia’s National Assembly confirms Hun Many as the new deputy prime minister, emphasising familial ties within the government. Promotions aim to bolster political programs’ implementation. Parliament now has 11 deputy prime ministers.

Cambodia’s National Assembly confirmed Hun Many, the current Civil Service Minister, as the new deputy prime minister during Wednesday’s session. Hun Many, who assumed the role of Civil Service Minister in August, is the younger brother of Prime Minister Hun Manet and the youngest son of former Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. The endorsement received unanimous support from approximately 120 lawmakers present, including Hun Manet.

Following the vote, National Assembly President Khuon Sudary declared Hun Many’s appointment as deputy prime minister. Additionally, the parliament approved the promotions of Sry Thamarong and Pen Vibol, both serving as ministers attached to the prime minister, to the positions of senior ministers responsible for special missions.


Hun Many’s elevation to deputy prime minister underscores the political influence wielded by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s family within Cambodia’s government. The move aligns with broader trends of familial succession and consolidation of power within the ruling party. These developments signify a continuation of existing political dynamics in Cambodia, where familial connections and loyalty to the ruling party play significant roles in the government’s structure and decision-making processes.

Before the voting session, Hun Manet expressed that the recent appointments aimed to enhance the effective execution of the government’s political programs in the seventh legislature of the National Assembly. Following these appointments, the tally of deputy prime ministers in Cambodia now stands at 11, while the count of senior ministers has climbed to 23.
Cambodia’s National Assembly comprises 125 lawmakers, 120 representing the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and five from the royalist Funcinpec Party.