The eldest son of Cambodia’s long-term ruler has been endorsed as the country’s next premier in a formality confirming the transition of power.

On Monday, Cambodia’s king issued a decree stating Hun Manet will succeed Hun Sen, who has ruled for 38 years.

Hun Sen announced he would step down just days after the 23 July election, which critics said was not democratic.

His party won all but five seats in parliament, after the main opposition was barred from the vote.

King Norodom Sihamoni issued the royal decree after Hun Sen sent a letter requesting the official note.

Hun Manet, 45, who until recently was the commander of the Royal Cambodian Army, has long been groomed for the leadership role.

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