Cabinet of Cambodia

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The Cabinet of Cambodia, formally known as the Council of Ministers (Khmer: គណៈរដ្ឋមន្ត្រី), is the executive body of the Kingdom of Cambodia led by the Prime Minister, assisted by Deputy Prime Ministers, Senior Ministers, Ministers, and Secretaries of State. Members of the Cabinet are nominated by the Prime Minister and appointed by the Monarch.

Role[edit]

Chapter VIII of the Constitution states the role of the Royal Government of Cambodia.[1]

  • Article 99: The Council of Ministers is the Royal Government of Cambodia. The Council of Ministers shall be led by one Prime Minister assisted by Deputy Prime Ministers, and by State Ministers, Ministers, and State Secretaries as members.
  • Article 100: At the recommendation of the President and with the agreement of both Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the King shall designate a dignitary from among the representatives of the winning party to form the Royal Government. This designated Assembly or members of the political parties represented in the from the Assembly. After the Assembly has given its vote of confidence, the King shall issue a Royal decree (Kret) appointing the entire Council of Ministers. Before taking office, the Council of Ministers shall take an oath as stipulated an Annex 6.
  • Article 101: The functions of members of the Royal Government shall be incompatible with professional activities in trade or industry and with the holding of any position in the public service.
  • Article 102: Members of the Royal Government shall be collectively responsible to the Assembly for the overall policy of the Royal Government. Each member of the Royal Government shall be individually responsible to the Prime Minister and the Assembly for his/her own conduct.
  • Article 103: Members of the Royal Government shall not use the orders, written or verbal, of anyone as grounds to exonerate themselves form their responsibility.
  • Article 104: The Council of Minister shall meet every week inn plenary session or in a working session. The Prime Minister shall chair the plenary sessions. The Prime Minister may assign a Deputy Prime Minister to preside over the working sessions. Minutes of the Council of Ministers' meeting shall be forwarded to the King for His information.
  • Article 105: The Prime Minister shall have the right to delegate his power to a Deputy Prime Minister or to any member of the Royal Government.
  • Article 106: If the post of Prime Minister is permanently vacant, a new Council of Ministers shall be appointed under the procedure stipulated in this Constitution. If the vacancy is temporary, an acting Prime Minister shall be provisionally appointed.
  • Article 107:Each member of the Royal Government shall be punished for any crimes or misdemeanors that he/she has committed in the course of his/her duty. In such cases and when his/her duty, the Assembly shall decide to file charges against him/her with competent. The Assembly shall decide on such matters though a secret vote by a simple majority thereof.
  • Article 108: The organization and functioning of the Council of Ministers shall be determined by law.

Current cabinet[edit]

The Office of the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh hosts Cabinet meetings.

The members of the fifth and current Council of Ministers were sworn in on 24 September 2013. The one-party National Assembly voted Hun Sen as Prime Minister for another five-year term.

Colour keys

     Cambodian People's Party

Portfolio Minister Took office Left office Party
Prime Minister   Hun Sen 14 January 1985 Incumbent CPP
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister
Minister in Charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers
  Bin Chhin 5 September 2007
16 March 2017
Incumbent CPP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Interior
  Sar Kheng 3 February 1992 Incumbent CPP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of National Assembly–Senate Relations and Inspection
  Men Sam An 16 July 2004 Incumbent CPP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of National Defense
  Tea Banh 27 June 2006 Incumbent CPP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of the Royal Palace
  Kong Sam Ol 30 November 1998 Incumbent CPP
Deputy Prime Minister   Hor Namhong 16 July 2004 Incumbent CPP
Deputy Prime Minister   Yim Chhaily 24 September 2008 Incumbent CPP
Deputy Prime Minister   Ke Kim Yan 12 March 2009 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries   Veng Sakhon 5 April 2016 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Civil Service   Pich Bun Thin 24 September 2013 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Commerce   Pan Sorasak 5 April 2016 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Cult and Religion   Him Chhem 5 April 2016 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Culture and Fine Arts   Phoeung Sakona 24 September 2013 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Education, Youth and Sport   Hang Chuon Naron 24 September 2013 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Economy and Finance   Aun Porn Moniroth 24 September 2013 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Environment   Say Sam Al 24 September 2013 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation   Prak Sokhon 5 April 2016 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Health   Mam Bun Heng 25 September 2008 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Industry and Handicrafts   Cham Prasidh 24 September 2013 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Information   Khieu Kanharith 16 July 2004 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Justice   Ang Vong Vathana Incumbent CPP
Minister of Labour and Vocational Training   Ith Sam Heng Incumbent CPP
Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction   Chea Sophara 5 April 2016 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Mines and Energy   Suy Sem 24 September 2013 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Planning   Chhay Than Incumbent CPP
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications   Tram Iv Tek 5 April 2016 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Public Works and Transport   Sun Chanthol 5 April 2016 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Rural Development   Ouk Rabun 5 April 2016 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation   Vong Soth Incumbent CPP
Minister of Tourism   Thong Khon 30 November 1998 Incumbent CPP
Minister of Water Resources and Meteorology   Lim Kean Hor Incumbent CPP
Minister of Women's Affairs   Ing Kuntha Phavi 16 July 2004 Incumbent CPP


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Constitution of Cambodia". Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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