List of heads of state of Cambodia

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Head of State of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Former political post
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg
Norodom Sihanouk (1988).jpg
Norodom Sihanouk, head of state of the State of Cambodia from June to September 1993.
Predecessor King of Cambodia
Successor King of Cambodia
First officeholder Chuop Hell (Acting)
Last officeholder Norodom Sihanouk
Style His Excellency
Office began 3 April 1960
Office ended 24 September 1993

This is a list of heads of state of Cambodia from the death of King Norodom Suramarit on 3 April 1960 until the restoration of the monarchy under Norodom Sihanouk as King on 24 September 1993. It lists various heads of state which served in the meantime, under several different regimes and with several different titles.

Titles of the head of state[edit]

Although currently accorded the title of king, Cambodia's heads of state have been given a number of titles throughout the country's history:

  • 1960: Chairman of the Regency Council
  • 1960–1970: Head of State of the Kingdom of Cambodia
  • 1970–1972: Head of State of the Khmer Republic
  • 1972–1975: President of the Khmer Republic
  • 1975: Chairman of the Supreme Committee
  • 1975–1979: President of the State Presidium
  • 1979–1981: Chairman of the People's Revolutionary Council
  • 1981–1993: Chairman of the Council of State
  • 1993: Head of State of the State of Cambodia

List of Heads of State of Cambodia (1960–1993)[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Name
(Birth–Death)
(Title)
Portrait Term start Term end Political Party
Cambodia Kingdom of Cambodia
Chuop Hell
(1909–c.1975)
Acting Head of State
No image.png 3 April 1960 6 April 1960 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
Prince Sisowath Monireth
(1909–1975)
Chairman of the Regency Council
No image.png 6 April 1960 13 June 1960 Non-partisan
Chuop Hell
(1909–c.1975)
Acting Head of State
No image.png 13 June 1960 20 June 1960 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
1 1 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Head of State
Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg 20 June 1960 18 March 1970 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
Cheng Heng
(1916–1996)
Acting Head of State
No image.png 21 March 1970 9 October 1970 Sangkum
(Popular Socialist
Community)
Cambodia Khmer Republic
2 1 Cheng Heng
(1916–1996)
Head of State
No image.png 9 October 1970 10 March 1972 Non-partisan
3 2 Marshal Lon Nol
(1913–1985)
President
LonNol.jpg 10 March 1972 1 April 1975 Military / Social Republican Party
General Saukam Khoy
(1915–2008)
Acting President
(for Lon Nol)
General Saukham Khoy.jpg 1 April 1975 12 April 1975 Military / Social Republican Party
General Sak Sutsakhan
(1928–1994)
Chairman of the Supreme Committee
No image.png 12 April 1975 17 April 1975 Military
Cambodia Democratic Kampuchea
(1) 1 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
President of the State Presidium
Norodom Sihanouk (1988).jpg 17 April 1975 11 April 1976 National United Front of Kampuchea
4 2 Khieu Samphan
(1931– )
President of the State Presidium
Khieu Samphan 1978.jpg 11 April 1976 7 January 1979 Communist Party of Kampuchea
Cambodia People's Republic of Kampuchea
5 1 Heng Samrin
(1934– )
Chairman of the People's Revolutionary Council
Heng Samrin cropped.jpg 7 January 1979 27 June 1981 Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party
Heng Samrin
(1934– )
Chairman of the Council of State
27 June 1981 1 May 1989
Cambodia State of Cambodia
(5) 1 Heng Samrin
(1934– )
Chairman of the Council of State
Heng Samrin cropped.jpg 1 May 1989 6 April 1992 Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party

Cambodian People's Party
6 2 Chea Sim
(1932– )
Chairman of the Council of State
Chea Sim 2008.jpg 6 April 1992 14 June 1993 Cambodian People's Party
(1) 3 Prince Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
Head of State
Norodom Sihanouk (1988).jpg 14 June 1993 24 September 1993 FUNCINPEC

See also[edit]