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, 189 days).

Parties
  National Democratic Party

Prime Ministers of Cambodia[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Name
(Birth–Death)
(Title)
Portrait Term began Term ended Political Party Head of State
Flag of Cambodia under Japanese occupation.svg Japanese occupation of Cambodia
1 1 King Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 18 March 1945 13 August 1945 Non-party King Norodom Sihanouk
2 2 Son Ngoc Thanh
(1908–1977)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 14 August 1945 16 October 1945 Non-party
Flag of Cambodia under French protection.svg French Protectorate of Cambodia
3 3 Prince Sisowath Monireth
(1909–1975)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 17 October 1945 15 December 1946 Non-party
4 4 Prince Sisowath Youtévong
(1913–1947)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 15 December 1946 15 July 1947 Democratic Party
5 5 Prince Sisowath Watchayavong
(1891–1972)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 25 July 1947 20 February 1948 Democratic Party
6 6 Chhean Vam
(1916–2000)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 20 February 1948 14 August 1948 Democratic Party
7 7 Samdech Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
Prime Minister
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg 15 August 1948 21 January 1949 Democratic Party
8 8 Yem Sambaur
(1913–1989)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 12 February 1949 20 September 1949 Democratic Party
9 9 Ieu Koeus
(1905–1950)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 20 September 1949 29 September 1949 Democratic Party
(8) 10 Yem Sambaur
(1913–1989)
Prime Minister
(2nd term)
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 29 September 1949 28 April 1950 Democratic Party
(1) 11 King Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(2nd term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 28 April 1950 30 May 1950 Non-party
10 12 Prince Sisowath Monipong
(1912–1956)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 30 May 1950 3 March 1951 Non-party
11 13 Oum Chheang Sun
(1900–?)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 3 March 1951 12 October 1951 National Democratic Party
12 14 Huy Kanthoul
(1909–1991)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 13 October 1951 16 June 1952 Democratic Party
(1) 15 King Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(3rd term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 16 June 1952 24 January 1953 Non-party
(7) 16 Samdech Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
Prime Minister
(2nd term)
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg 24 January 1953 9 November 1953 Democratic Party
Flag of Cambodia.svg Kingdom of Cambodia
(7) 1 Samdech Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
Prime Minister
(3rd term)
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg 9 November 1953 22 November 1953 Democratic Party King Norodom Sihanouk
13 2 Chan Nak
(1892–1954)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 23 November 1953 7 April 1954 Non-party
(1) 3 King Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(4th term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 7 April 1954 18 April 1954 Non-party
(7) 4 Samdech Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
Prime Minister
(4th term)
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg 18 April 1954 26 January 1955 Democratic Party
14 5 Leng Ngeth
(1900–c.1975)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 26 January 1955 3 October 1955 Democratic Party
King Norodom Suramarit
(1) 6 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(5th term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 3 October 1955 5 January 1956 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(11) 7 Oum Chheang Sun
(1900–?)
Prime Minister
(2nd term)
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 5 January 1956 29 February 1956 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(1) 8 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(6th term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 1 March 1956 24 March 1956 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
15 9 Khim Tit
(1896–1975)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 3 April 1956 29 July 1956 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(1) 10 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(7th term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 15 September 1956 15 October 1956 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
16 11 Sam Yun
(1905–1974)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 25 October 1956 9 April 1957 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(1) 12 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(8th term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 9 April 1957 7 July 1957 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
17 13 Sim Var
(1906–1989)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 26 July 1957 11 January 1958 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
18 14 Ek Yi Oun
(1910– )
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 11 January 1958 17 January 1958 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(7) 15 Samdech Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
Prime Minister
(5th term)
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg 17 January 1958 24 April 1958 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(17) 16 Sim Var
(1906–1989)
Prime Minister
(2nd term)
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 24 April 1958 10 July 1958 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(1) 17 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(9th term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 10 July 1958 19 April 1960 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
19 18 Pho Proeung
(1903–c.1975)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 19 April 1960 28 January 1961 Non-party Chuop Hell
Prince Sisowath Monireth
Chuop Hell
(7) 19 Samdech Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
Prime Minister
(6th term)
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg 28 January 1961 17 November 1961 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1) 20 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Prime Minister
(10th term)
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 17 November 1961 13 February 1962 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
Nhiek Tioulong
(1908–1996)
Acting Prime Minister
Nhiek Tioulong.jpg 13 February 1962 6 August 1962 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
Chau Sen Cocsal
(1905–2009)
Acting Prime Minister
Chau-Sen-Cocsal-Chhum.jpg 6 August 1962 6 October 1962 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
20 21 Prince Norodom Kantol
(1920–1976)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 6 October 1962 25 October 1966 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
21 22 Marshal Lon Nol
(1913–1985)
Prime Minister
LonNol.jpg 25 October 1966 1 May 1967 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community) / Military
22 23 Son Sann
(1911–2000)
Prime Minister
Camdodian Prime Minister Son Sann.November 1967.jpg 1 May 1967 31 January 1968 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(7) 24 Samdech Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
Prime Minister
(7th term)
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg 31 January 1968 14 August 1969 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
(21) 25 Marshal Lon Nol
(1913–1985)
Prime Minister
(2nd term)
LonNol.jpg 14 August 1969 9 October 1970 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community) / Military
Cheng Heng
Flag of the Khmer Republic.svg Khmer Republic
(21) 1 Marshal Lon Nol
(1913–1985)
Prime Minister
(3rd term)
LonNol.jpg 9 October 1970 11 March 1971 Military Cheng Heng
23 2 Prince Sisowath Sirik Matak
(1914–1975)
Prime Minister
LT GEN Sisowath Siri Matak.jpg 11 March 1971 18 March 1972 Non-party
(2) 3 Son Ngoc Thanh
(1908–1977)
Prime Minister
(2nd term)
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 18 March 1972 15 October 1972 Khmer Serei Marshal Lon Nol
24 4 Hang Thun Hak
(1926–1975)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 15 October 1972 6 May 1973 Social Republican Party
25 5 In Tam
(1922–2006)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 6 May 1973 9 December 1973 Democratic Party
26 6 Long Boret
(1933–1975)
Prime Minister
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 26 December 1973 17 April 1975 Social Republican Party General Lon Nol
General Saukam Khoy
General Sak Sutsakhan
Flag of Democratic Kampuchea.svg Democratic Kampuchea
(7) 1 Samdech Penn Nouth
(1906–1985)
Prime Minister
(8th term)
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg 17 April 1975 4 April 1976 National United Front of Kampuchea Prince Norodom Sihanouk
Khieu Samphan
(1931–)
Acting Prime Minister
Khieu Samphan 1978.jpg 4 April 1976 14 April 1976 Communist Party of Kampuchea Khieu Samphan
27 2 Pol Pot
(1925–1998)
Prime Minister
PolPot.jpg 14 April 1976 27 September 1976 Communist Party of Kampuchea
28 3 Nuon Chea
(1926– )
Prime Minister
Nuon Chea on 31 October 2013.jpg 27 September 1976 25 October 1976 Communist Party of Kampuchea
(27) 4 Pol Pot
(1925–1998)
Prime Minister
(2nd term)
PolPot.jpg 25 October 1976 7 January 1979 Communist Party of Kampuchea
Flag of the People's Republic of Kampuchea.svg People's Republic of Kampuchea
Vacant: 7 January 1979 – 27 June 1981
29 1 Pen Sovan
(1936– )
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 27 June 1981 5 December 1981 Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party Heng Samrin
30 2 Chan Sy
(1932–1984)
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg 5 December 1981 26 December 1984 Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party
31 3 Hun Sen
(1952– )
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
Hun Sen 2012.jpg 14 January 1985 1 May 1989 Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party
Flag of the State of Cambodia.svg State of Cambodia
(31) 1 Samdech Hun Sen
(1952– )
Chairman of the Council of Ministers
(2nd term)
Hun Sen 2012.jpg 1 May 1989 2 July 1993 Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party

Cambodian People's Party
Heng Samrin
Chea Sim
Prince Norodom Sihanouk
2 Samdech Hun Sen
(1952– )
Coequal Prime Minister
(3rd term)
2 July 1993 21 September 1993 Cambodian People's Party Prince Norodom Sihanouk
32 Prince Norodom Ranariddh
(1944– )
Coequal Prime Minister
Norodom Ranariddh (2014).jpg 2 July 1993 21 September 1993 Funcinpec Party
3 Prince Norodom Ranariddh
(1944– )
First Prime Minister
(2nd term)
21 September 1993 24 September 1993
(31) Samdech Hun Sen
(1952– )
Second Prime Minister
(4th term)
Hun Sen 2012.jpg 21 September 1993 24 September 1993 Cambodian People's Party
Flag of Cambodia.svg Kingdom of Cambodia (Restored)
(32) 27 Prince Norodom Ranariddh
(1944– )
First Prime Minister
(3rd term)
Norodom Ranariddh (2014).jpg 24 September 1993 6 July 1997 Funcinpec Party King Norodom Sihanouk
(1993–2004)
(31) Samdech Hun Sen
(1952– )
Second Prime Minister
(5th term)
Hun Sen 2012.jpg 24 September 1993 6 July 1997 Cambodian People's Party
33 28 Ung Huot
(1945– )
First Prime Minister
No image.png 16 July 1997 30 November 1998 Funcinpec Party
(31) Samdech Hun Sen
(1952– )
Second Prime Minister
(6th term)
Hun Sen 2012.jpg 6 July 1997 30 November 1998 Cambodian People's Party
29 Samdech Hun Sen
(1952– )
Prime minister
(7th term)
30 November 1998 Incumbent
King Norodom Sihamoni
(2004–present)

Living former prime ministers[edit]

See also[edit]