List of Prime Ministers of Cambodia

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The Prime Minister of Cambodia is the Head of Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Prime Minister is also the chairman of the Cabinet of Cambodia and represents the government at home and the country abroad. The Prime Minister is elected to a five-year term, with no term limits.

Constitutionally the Prime Minister is required to be a member of the Parliament. He must also gain their approval through a resolution before an official appointment by the King can take place. The traditional swearing-in ceremony takes place at the royal palace where the Prime Minister-elect has to take an oath of office in front of the King and the two Patriarch monks.

Incumbent Hun Sen has held the position since 14 January 1985 (29 years, 197 days).

Parties
  National Democratic Party

Prime Ministers of Cambodia[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Colonial Cambodia (1945–53)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
King Norodom Sihanouk
(25 April 1941 – 3 March 1955)
1 Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
18 March 1945 13 August 1945 0 years, 148 days Independent
2 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Son Ngoc Thanh
(1908–1977)
14 August 1945 16 October 1945 0 years, 63 days Independent
3 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Sisowath Monireth
(1909–1975)
17 October 1945 15 December 1946 1 year, 59 days Independent
4 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Sisowath Youtevong
(1913–1947}
15 December 1946 15 July 1947 0 years, 212 days Democratic Party
5 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Sisowath Watchayavong
(1891–1972)
25 July 1947 20 February 1948 0 years, 210 days Democratic Party
6 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Chhean Vam
(1916–2000)
20 February 1948 14 August 1948 0 years, 176 days Democratic Party
7 Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
15 August 1948 21 January 1949 0 years, 159 days Democratic Party
8 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Yem Sambaur
(1905–1950
12 February 1949 20 September 1949 0 years, 220 days Democratic Party
9 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Ieu Koeus
(1913–1989)
20 September 1949 29 September 1949 0 years, 9 days Democratic Party
(8) Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Yem Sambaur
(1905–1950)
29 September 1949 28 April 1950 0 years, 211 days Democratic Party
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
28 April 1950 30 May 1950 0 years, 32 days Independent
10 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Sisowath Monipong
(1912–1956)
30 May 1950 3 March 1951 0 years, 277 days Independent
11 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Oum Chheang Sun
(1900–?)
3 March 1951 12 October 1951 0 years, 223 days National Democratic Party
12 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Huy Kanthoul
(1909–1991)
13 October 1951 16 June 1952 0 years, 247 days Democratic Party
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
16 June 1952 24 January 1953 0 years, 222 days Independent
(7) Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
24 January 1953 9 November 1953 0 years, 289 days Democratic Party

Kingdom of Cambodia (1953–70)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
King Norodom Sihanouk
(25 April 1941 – 3 March 1955)
(7) Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
9 November 1953 22 November 1953 0 years, 13 days Democratic Party
13 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Chan Nak
(1892–1954)
23 November 1953 7 April 1954 0 years, 135 days Independent
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
7 April 1954 18 April 1954 0 years, 11 days Independent
(7) Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
18 April 1954 26 January 1955 0 years, 283 days Democratic Party
King Norodom Suramarit
(3 March 1955 – 3 April 1960)
14 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Leng Ngeth
(1900–1975)
26 January 1955 3 October 1955 0 years, 250 days Democratic Party
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
3 October 1955 5 January 1956 0 years, 94 days Sangkum
(11) Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Oum Chheang Sun
(1900–?)
5 January 1956 29 February 1956 0 years, 55 days Sangkum
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
1 March 1956 24 March 1956 0 years, 23 days Sangkum
15 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Khim Tit
(1896–1975)
3 April 1956 29 July 1956 0 years, 117 days Sangkum
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
15 September 1956 15 October 1956 0 years, 30 days
16 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Sam Yun
(1905–1974)
25 October 1956 9 April 1957 0 years, 166 days Sangkum
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
9 April 1957 7 July 1957 0 years, 89 days Sangkum
17 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Sim Var
(1906–1989)
26 July 1957 11 January 1958 0 years, 169 days Sangkum
18 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Ek Yi Oun
(1910–?)
11 January 1958 17 January 1958 0 years, 6 days Sangkum
(7) Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
17 January 1958 24 April 1958 0 years, 97 days Sangkum
(17) Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Sim Var
(1906–1989)
24 April 1958 10 July 1958 0 years, 77 days Sangkum
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
10 July 1958 19 April 1960 1 year, 284 days Sangkum
Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(20 June 1960 – 18 March 1970)
19 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Pho Proeung
(1903–1975)
19 April 1960 28 January 1961 0 years, 284 days Independent
(7) Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
28 January 1961 17 November 1961 0 years, 293 days Sangkum
(1) Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
17 November 1961 13 February 1962 0 years, 88 days Sangkum
Nhiek Tioulong.jpg Nhiek Tioulong
(1908–1996)
Acting Prime Minister
13 February 1962 6 August 1962 0 years, 174 days Sangkum
Chau-Sen-Cocsal-Chhum.jpg Chau Sen Cocsal Chhum
(1905–2009)
Acting Prime Minister
6 August 1962 6 October 1962 0 years, 61 days Sangkum
20 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Norodom Kantol
(1920–1976)
6 October 1962 25 October 1966 4 years, 19 days Sangkum
21 LonNol.jpg Lon Nol
(1913–1985)
25 October 1966 1 May 1967 0 years, 188 days Sangkum / Military
22 Camdodian Prime Minister Son Sann.November 1967.jpg Son Sann
(1911–2000)
1 May 1967 31 January 1968 0 years, 275 days Sangkum
(7) Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
31 January 1968 14 August 1969 1 year, 195 days Sangkum
(21) LonNol.jpg Lon Nol
(1913–1985)
14 August 1969 9 October 1970 1 year, 56 days Sangkum / Military

Khmer Republic (1970–75)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
President Cheng Heng
(21 March 1970 – 9 March 1972)
(21) LonNol.jpg Lon Nol
(1913–1985)
9 October 1970 11 March 1971 0 years, 153 days Military
President Lon Nol
(10 March 1972 – 1 April 1975)
23 LT GEN Sisowath Siri Matak.jpg Sisowath Sirik Matak
(1914–1975)
11 March 1971 18 March 1972 1 year, 7 days Military
(2) Coat of arms of The Khmer Republic.jpg Son Ngoc Thanh
(1908–1977)
18 March 1972 15 October 1972 0 years, 211 days Khmer Serei
24 Coat of arms of The Khmer Republic.jpg Hang Thun Hak
(1926–1975)
15 October 1972 6 May 1973 0 years, 203 days Social Republican Party
25 Coat of arms of The Khmer Republic.jpg In Tam
(1922–2006)
6 May 1973 9 December 1973 0 years, 217 days Democratic Party
26 Coat of arms of The Khmer Republic.jpg Long Boret
(1933–1975)
26 December 1973 17 April 1975 1 year, 129 days Social Republican Party

Democratic Kampuchea (1975–79)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(17 April 1975 – 11 April 1976)
(7) Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
17 April 1975 4 April 1976 0 years, 353 days National United Front
Khieu Samphan 1978.jpg Khieu Samphan
(b. 1931)
Acting Prime Minister
4 April 1976 14 April 1976 0 years, 10 days Communist Party of Kampuchea
Khieu Samphan
(11 April 1976 – 7 January 1979)
27 PolPot.jpg Pol Pot
(1925–1998)
14 April 1976 27 September 1976 0 years, 166 days Communist Party of Kampuchea
28 Nuon Chea on 31 October 2013.jpg Nuon Chea
(b. 1926)
27 September 1976 25 October 1976 0 years, 28 days Communist Party of Kampuchea
(27) PolPot.jpg Pol Pot
(1925–1998)
25 October 1976 7 January 1979 2 years, 74 days Communist Party of Kampuchea

People's Republic of Kampuchea and State of Cambodia (1979–93)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
President Heng Samrin
(7 January 1979 – 1 May 1989)
Vacant (7 January 1979 – 27 June 1981)
29 Emblem PR Kampuchea 1979-1989.svg Pen Sovan
(b. 1936)
27 June 1981 5 December 1981 0 years, 161 days Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party
30 Emblem PR Kampuchea 1979-1989.svg Chan Sy
(1932–1984)
9 February 1982 26 December 1984 2 years, 321 days Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party
31 Hun Sen.jpg Hun Sen
(b. 1952)
14 January 1985 2 July 1993 8 years, 169 days Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party
32 Norodom Ranariddh (2014).jpg Norodom Ranariddh
(b. 1944)
First Prime Minister
2 July 1993 24 September 1993 0 years, 84 days Funcinpec Party
(31) Hun Sen.jpg Hun Sen
(b. 1952)
Second Prime Minister
21 September 1993 24 September 1993 0 years, 3 days Cambodian People's Party

Kingdom of Cambodia (1993–present)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
King Norodom Sihanouk
(24 September 1993 – 7 October 2004)
(32) Norodom Ranariddh (2014).jpg Norodom Ranariddh
(b. 1944)
First Prime Minister
24 September 1993 6 July 1997 3 years, 285 days Funcinpec Party
(31) Hun Sen.jpg Hun Sen
(b. 1952)
Second Prime Minister
24 September 1993 30 November 1998 5 years, 67 days Cambodian People's Party
33 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Ung Huot
(b. 1945)
First Prime Minister
16 July 1997 30 November 1998 1 year, 137 days Funcinpec Party
King Norodom Sihamoni
(14 October 2004 – present)
(31) Hun Sen.jpg Hun Sen
(b. 1952)
30 November 1998 Incumbent 15 years, 242 days Cambodian People's Party

Living former prime ministers[edit]

See also[edit]