Hun Manet is now officially the Prime Minister of Cambodia after the National Assembly (NA) gave him a vote of confidence on the morning of August 22, the second day of the inaugural session of the NA’s 7th legislative term.

Outgoing NA president Heng Samrin read the outcome of the vote, declaring that 123 of the 125 members of parliament voted in favour of Manet.

The plenary session also gave a vote of confidence to Khuon Sudary, electing her as NA president, the first women ever to assume this role.

Manet, 45, is a lawmaker for Phnom Penh. He succeeds his father former Prime Minister Hun Sen who had been in power for nearly four decades. Hun Sen remains president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which won 120 out of the total 125 parliament seats in the July 23 general election.

King Norodom Sihamoni has bestowed upon Manet the honorific “Kitti Tesaphibal Bindit”, a title for a leader with profound knowledge and highest intelligence who will lead the country to greater prosperity.