Prime Minister of Cambodia

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Prime Minister of
the Kingdom of Cambodia
Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg
Hun Sen.jpg
Incumbent
Hun Sen

since 30 November 1998
Office of the Prime Minister
Royal Government of Cambodia
Style His Excellency
Member of
Reports to Parliament
Residence The Peace Palace
Seat Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Appointer Norodom Sihamoni
(as King of Cambodia)
Term length 5 years; renewable
Inaugural holder Norodom Sihanouk
Formation 18 March 1945; 69 years ago (1945-03-18)
Deputy Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia
Salary KHR 4,600,000[1]
excluding MP's salary and other annual income
Website Samdech Hun Sen
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The Prime Minister of Cambodia (Khmer: នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រីនៃព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា) is the head of government of Cambodia. The prime minister is also the chairman of the Cabinet and leads the executive branch of the Royal Cambodian Government. The prime minister is required to be a member of parliament and is appointed by the monarch. He is elected for a term of five years; no term limits are imposed on the office. Since 1945, there have been 36 prime ministers.[2]

The incumbent prime minister, since 1998, is Hun Sen of the Cambodian People's Party. He previously served from 1985 to 1993 and was second prime minister from 1993 to 1998. He was elected as prime minister in his own right in 1998. This also makes him the longest-serving prime minister.

History[edit]

The position was first held by King Norodom Sihanouk in March of 1945, during the French colonial era.[3] Cambodia's first parliamentary elections were held on 1 September 1946. The Democratic Party remained the dominant-party in Cambodian politics throughout the 1940s until the formation of the Sangkum Reastr Niyum in 1955. Sangkum was the dominant-party in Cambodia from 1955 to 1970 following a military coup by General Lon Nol. Until 1993, it was not an elected position. Merely few prime ministers were elected including Sisowath Youtevong, Norodom Sihanouk, and Lon Nol. In 1993, constitutional monarchy was restored in Cambodia. The role of the prime minister was officially recognized in the constitution. Norodom Ranariddh became the first democratically elected prime minister.

Appointment[edit]

The prime minister is required to be a member of parliament. He first needs to be elected by a majority of parliament before a swearing-in ceremony can take place. The inauguration of the prime minister takes place at the Royal Palace. The prime minister-designate takes an oath of office in front of the monarch and the two heads of the Thammayut and Mohanikay order. A cabinet will then be unveiled. The formation of a new government takes place no more than 60 days after the election, as defined in the constitution. The prime minister is assisted by deputy prime ministers.

Article 125 of the Constitution[4] states that should the prime minister resign or die in office, an acting prime minister is appointed.

Office[edit]

Prime Minister's Office.

The Peace Palace serves as the principal workplace of the prime minister.[5] It was inaugurated on 19 October 2010 by the King. However, the prime minister resides at his own private residence.

Constitutional powers[edit]

Norodom Sihanouk, the first prime minister.

The powers of the Prime Minister are established by the current Constitution of Cambodia, adopted on 24 September 1993 and amended on 4 March 1999.[6] They are defined by the following articles of the Constitution:

  • Article 11: If the King can not perform its normal functions of head of state because of a serious illness certified by a group of medical experts appointed by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly and the Prime Minister, the President of the Senate shall serve as head of state in place of King as Regent.
  • Article 13: Within seven days at most - after the vacancy of the throne - the new King of Cambodia is selected by the Throne Council. Council members include the following:
    • The President of the Senate
    • The President of the Assembly
    • Prime Minister
    • The leaders of two religious orders, Thammayut and Mohanikay
    • First and second vice president of the Senate
    • First and second vice president of the Assembly.
  • Article 19: The King appoints the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers as provided for in section 119.
  • Article 20: The King receives the Prime Minister and the Cabinet in official audience twice a month to inquire about the situation of the country.
  • Article 22: When the nation is in danger, the King publicly declared state of emergency with the approval of the Prime Minister, the President of the National Assembly and the Senate President.
  • Article 78: .... The National Assembly may be dissolved before the end of its term except when the royal government was overthrown twice during a twelve month period. In this case, the King shall, upon proposal of the Prime Minister and with the consent of the President of the National Assembly, dissolved the National Assembly. ...
  • Article 83: ... Each session of the National Assembly last at least three months. At the request of the King or the Prime Minister's or a third of the members of the National Assembly, the Standing Committee of the Assembly shall convene the National Assembly for a special session. ...
  • Article 88: Meetings of the National Assembly are public. The National Assembly may meet in closed session at the request of the President or at least one tenth of its members, at the request of the king or at the request of the Prime Minister. ...
  • Article 91: Senators, MPs and the Prime Minister has the legislative initiative.
  • Article 96: Members have the right to question the royal government. The questions are written and transmitted through the President of the National Assembly. Answers are provided by one or several ministers depending on whether the problem concerns the responsibility of one or several ministers. If the problem is the policy of the Royal Government, the Prime Minister must answer in person. The answers of the Minister or the Prime Minister are oral or written. The above answers are given within a period of seven days after receiving the questions. If the answer is oral, the president of the National Assembly may decide whether or not to open the debate. If it does not allow for debate, the answers of the Minister or the Prime Minister put an end to questions. If it authorizes the opening of a debate, the questioners, the other speakers, the minister in question or the Prime Minister to discuss and exchange views in a period not exceeding one session.
  • Article 107: The Senate shall meet in ordinary session twice a year. Each session lasts at least three months. At the request of the King or the proposal of the Prime Minister or at least a third of its members, the Senate summoned its members for a special session.
  • Article 111: The Senate hearings are public. The Senate may meet in closed session at the request of the President or at least one tenth of its members, at the request of the King, at the request of the Prime Minister or at the request of the President of the National Assembly.
  • Article 118: The Council of Ministers is the Royal Government of Cambodia. The Council of Ministers is headed by a Prime Minister, assisted by vice prime ministers and ministers of state, ministers and state secretaries as members.
  • Article 119: On the proposal of the President and with the assent of the two vice-presidents of the National Assembly, the King means a person among the members of the winning party in elections to form the Royal Government. The person appointed, along with colleagues who are MPs or party members are represented in the National Assembly responsible for ministerial posts in the royal government, seeking the confidence of the National Assembly. When the National Assembly voted confidence, the King signs the Kret appointment of the entire Cabinet. Before his grafted in office, the Council of Ministers shall take an oath under the terms provided in Annex 6.
  • Article 121. All members of the Royal Government are collectively responsible to the National Assembly of the general policy of the royal government. Each member of the Royal Government is individually responsible to the Prime Minister and the National Assembly of the acts he committed.
  • Article 123: The Cabinet meets every week in plenary session or work session. The plenary session was chaired by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister may delegate to the Deputy Prime Minister chairing meetings. All minutes of meetings of the Council of Ministers must be forwarded to the King for his information.
  • Article 124: The Prime Minister may delegate its powers to deputy prime minister or a member of the royal government.
  • Article 125: When the position of Prime Minister is permanently vacant, must be carried to the appointment of a new Council of Ministers as provided for in this constitution. If the vacancy is temporary, an acting Prime Minister is temporarily appointed.
  • Article 140: The King, the Prime Minister, the President of the National Assembly or one tenth of the deputies, the President of the Senate or one quarter of senators, may refer the laws passed by the National Assembly to the Constitutional Council for review before promulgation. The Rules of Procedure of the National Assembly, the Rules of the Senate and the organic laws must be submitted to the Constitutional Council for review before promulgation. The Constitutional Council shall decide, within 30 days on the compliance or non-compliance of these laws or rules of the Assembly and the Senate with the constitution.
  • Article 141: After enactment of a law, the King, the chairman of the Senate, the president of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister, one quarter of the Senate, one tenth of the deputies or the courts may ask the Constitutional Council to determine the constitutionality of this law. A citizen has the right to challenge the constitutionality of laws through the Parliament or the President of the National Assembly or the Senate or the President of the Senate as provided in the preceding paragraph.
  • Article 148: The National Convention meets once a year, in early December at the call of Prime Minister. The national conference is held under the chairmanship of the King.
  • Article 151: The initiative of the revision or amendment of the constitution belongs to the King, the Prime Minister and the President of the National Assembly, on proposal of one fourth of all members of the Assembly National. Revision or amendment of the constitution must be done by a constitutional law voted by the National Assembly by a majority of two thirds of all members of the National Assembly.

Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia[edit]

The Deputy Prime Minister (Khmer: ឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី) serves as the deputy to the Prime Minister of Cambodia and is the second highest position in the Cabinet. As of 2014, there are eleven deputy prime ministers.[7]

Name Incumbent since Other offices Party
Sar Kheng 3 February 1992 Minister of the Interior Cambodian People's Party
Kong Sam Ol 30 November 1998 Minister of the Royal Palace Cambodian People's Party
Hor Namhong 16 July 2004 Minister of Foreign Affairs Cambodian People's Party
Tea Banh 16 July 2004 Minister of National Defense Cambodian People's Party
Sok An 16 July 2004 Chairman of the Council of Ministers Cambodian People's Party
Bin Chhin 5 September 2007 none Cambodian People's Party
Keat Chhon 24 September 2008 none Cambodian People's Party
Yim Chhaily 24 September 2008 none Cambodian People's Party
Men Sam An 25 September 2008 Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection Cambodian People's Party
Ke Kim Yan 12 March 2009 none Cambodian People's Party

List of Prime Ministers (since 1993)[edit]

Prime Minister Hun Sen and U.S. President Barack Obama in 2012.

Hun Sen Ung Huot Hun Sen Norodom Ranariddh

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Title
Term of Office Political Party Mandate
Took Office Left Office
Norodom Ranariddh (2014).jpg Norodom Ranariddh
(b. 1944)
First Prime Minister
2 July 1993 6 July 1997 Funcinpec Party 1 (1993)
Hun Sen.jpg Hun Sen
(b. 1952)
Second Prime Minister
24 September 1993 30 November 1998 Cambodian People's Party
No image.svg Ung Huot
(b. 1945)
First Prime Minister
16 July 1997 30 November 1998 Funcinpec Party
Hun Sen.jpg Hun Sen
(b. 1952)
Prime Minister
30 November 1998 Incumbent Cambodian People's Party 2 (1998)
3 (2003)
4 (2008)
5 (2013)


Living former Prime Ministers[edit]

As of October 2014, there are five living former prime ministers. The most recent former prime minister to die was Norodom Sihanouk (served 1961–62) on 15 October 2012.

Name Term of office Date of birth
Khieu Samphan
1976
(1931-07-27) 27 July 1931 (age 83)
Nuon Chea
1976
(1926-07-07) 7 July 1926 (age 88)
Pen Sovan
1981
(1936-04-15) 15 April 1936 (age 78)
Norodom Ranariddh
1993–1997
(1944-01-02) 2 January 1944 (age 70)
Ung Huot
1997–1998
(1945-01-01) 1 January 1945 (age 69)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hun Sen Declares Assets". Radio Free Asia. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "PM office 'first held power with Pol Pot". The Phnom Penh Post. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  3. ^ http://rulers.org/rulc1.html Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  4. ^ (French) Ambassade royale du Cambodge en France - Constitution
  5. ^ "Cambodia's proud history of building art". The Phnom Penh Post. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  6. ^ (French) Ambassade royale du Cambodge en France - Constitution
  7. ^ "Cambodia Government Profile 2013". Indexmundi.com. Retrieved 20 May 2014.