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Manet birth rumours spread by CNRP: PM

Hun Manet, eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, arrives at Phnom Penh International Airport last month.
Hun Manet, eldest son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, arrives at Phnom Penh International Airport last month. Pha Lina

Manet birth rumours spread by CNRP: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday lashed out at rumours his eldest son Hun Manet was the result of a relationship between his wife and a Vietnamese leader, blaming the opposition party for spreading the “serious insults”.

The premier addressed the rumours, which have long percolated online, while speaking to graduate students at a ceremony at Phnom Penh’s National Institute of Education.

“It is unreasonable that they post on Facebook that Hun Manet is not the son of Hun Sen and requested a DNA test,” the premier said, before alluding to legal repercussions.

The premier said he had in fact ignored a suggestion by Manet to clear the matter up with a DNA test.

He blamed the “cheap act” on the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, which yesterday denied any involvement in a statement.

However, yesterday evening, the premier told local media outlet Fresh News he was not sold, adding that the opposition would need to pay a “high price” to make amends.

“I do not believe the [CNRP’s] statement because it does not condemn the people who have insulted me, my wife and my children,” he said. “Therefore, they need to fix this serious insult.”