Chea Sim

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His Excellency
Samdech Chea Sim
GCRS NM
Chea Sim 2008.jpg
President of the Senate of Cambodia
Incumbent
Assumed office
25 March 1999
Prime Minister Hun Sen
Vice President Say Chhum
Tep Ngorn
Preceded by Saukam Khoy
President of the Cambodian People's Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 October 1991
Deputy Hun Sen
Preceded by Heng Samrin, as General Secretary of the KPRP
Minister for the Interior
In office
7 January 1979 – 27 June 1981
Prime Minister Pen Sovan
2nd President of the National Assembly
In office
October 1993 – 1998
Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh
Ung Huot
Hun Sen
Preceded by Son Sann
Succeeded by Norodom Ranariddh
President of the National Assembly of the People's Republic of Kampuchea
In office
27 June 1981 – June 1993
Prime Minister Pen Sovan
Chan Sy
Hun Sen
Preceded by None
Succeeded by Office abolished
Chairman of the Council of State
In office
6 April 1992 – 14 June 1993
Preceded by Heng Samrin
Succeeded by Norodom Sihanouk
Personal details
Born (1932-11-15) 15 November 1932 (age 81)
Romeas Haek, Svay Rieng, French Indochina
Political party Cambodian People's Party
Spouse(s) Nhem Soeun
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Chea Sim (Khmer: ជា ស៊ីម, born 15 November 1932) is a Cambodian politician. He was the President of the National Assembly of Cambodia from 1981 to 1998 (Vice President from June to October 1993) and has been the President of the Senate since 1999.

Title[edit]

His official title is His Excellency Samdach Akeak Moha Thomak Pothisal Chea Sim, Protean Protsaphea ney Preah Reacheanachak Kampuchea.

Biography[edit]

Chea Sim was born on November 15, 1932, in Romeas Haek, Svay Rieng Province to an ethnic Chinese family with roots in Chaozhou.[1][2]

From April 6, 1992, to June 14, 1993, he served as the nation’s interim leader (Chairman of the Council of State) before Cambodia became a constitutional monarchy.

He also acted as Head of State on behalf of King Norodom Sihanouk for brief periods in 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2004. After the King announced his permanent abdication on October 7, 2004, Chea Sim once again became acting Head of State. He left that position on October 14, 2004, when Norodom Sihamoni became king.

Sihanouk awarded Chea Sim the honorary title of Sâmdech in 1993. Chea Sim is a member of the Cambodian People's Party.

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Political offices
Preceded by
None
President of the National Assembly of Cambodia
1981 – 1993
Succeeded by
Son Sann
Preceded by
Heng Samrin
Chairman of the State Council of Cambodia
1992 – 1993
Succeeded by
None
Preceded by
Son Sann
President of the National Assembly of Cambodia
1993 – 1998
Succeeded by
Norodom Ranariddh
Preceded by
Saukam Khoy
President of the Senate of Cambodia
1999 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Interim Head of State of Cambodia
2004
Succeeded by
Norodom Sihamoni
King of Cambodia
Party political offices
Preceded by
Heng Samrin
People's Revolutionary Party
President of the Cambodian People's Party
1991 – present
Incumbent