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. From 1960 to 1993, there have been 10 heads of state (acting heads of state are also counted).

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

Heads of State of Cambodia[edit]

(Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office)

Colour key
(for political parties)

Kingdom of Cambodia (1953–70)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
1 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Chuop Hell
(1909–c.1975)
Acting Head of State
3 April 1960 6 April 1960 0 years, 3 days Sangkum
2 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Sisowath Monireth
(1909–1975)
Chairman of the Regency Council
6 April 1960 13 June 1960 0 years, 68 days Independent
(1) Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Chuop Hell
(1909–c.1975)
Acting Head of State
13 June 1960 20 June 1960 0 years, 7 days Sangkum
3 Norodom Sihanouk 1956.jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
20 June 1960 18 March 1970 9 years, 271 days Sangkum
4 Coat of arms of Cambodia.svg Cheng Heng
(1916–1996)
Acting Head of State
21 March 1970 9 October 1970 0 years, 202 days Sangkum

Khmer Republic (1970–75)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
4 Coat of arms of The Khmer Republic.jpg Cheng Heng
(1916–1996)
9 October 1970 9 March 1972 1 year, 153 days Independent
5 LonNol.jpg Lon Nol
(1913–1985)
10 March 1972 1 April 1975 3 years, 22 days Social Republican Party / Military
6 General Saukham Khoy.jpg Saukam Khoy
(1915–2008)
Acting President
(for Lon Nol)
1 April 1975 12 April 1975 0 years, 11 days Social Republican Party / Military
7 Coat of arms of The Khmer Republic.jpg Sak Sutsakhan
(1928–1994)
Chairman of the Supreme Committee
12 April 1975 17 April 1975 0 years, 5 days Military

Kingdom of Cambodia and Democratic Kampuchea (1975–79)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
(3) Norodom Sihanouk (1988).jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
17 April 1975 11 April 1976 0 years, 360 days National United Front
8 Khieu Samphan 1978.jpg Khieu Samphan
(b. 1931)
11 April 1976 7 January 1979 2 years, 271 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
9 Heng Samrin cropped.jpg Heng Samrin
(b. 1934)
7 January 1979 6 April 1992 13 years, 90 days Kampuchean People's Revolutionary Party
10 Chea Sim 2008.jpg Chea Sim
(b. 1932)
6 April 1992 14 June 1993 1 year, 69 days Cambodian People's Party
(3) Norodom Sihanouk (1988).jpg Norodom Sihanouk
(1922–2012)
14 June 1993 24 September 1993 0 years, 102 days Funcinpec Party

Living former heads of state[edit]

See also[edit]