Minority Leader (Cambodia)

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The Minority Leader (Khmer: ប្រធានក្រុមភាគតិច), or the Leader of the Opposition, leads the largest political party not in government in the National Assembly of Cambodia. The Minority Leader acts as a dialogue partner of the Prime Minister, and the Majority Leader. The official minority party must secure at least 25% of the total seats in Parliament.

The role was officially recognized by Parliament in November 2014,[1] making Sam Rainsy the first official Minority Leader.[2] However, prior to this, Rainsy had often been viewed as the de facto Leader of the Opposition.

As in nearly every parliamentary democracy around the world, the Minority Leader comes from the political party with the largest number of seats in the Parliament yet is not in government. The Minority Leader is often seen as a Prime Minister-in-waiting.

The position was abolished by Parliament on 31 January 2017.[3]

List of Opposition Leaders[edit]

No Name Picture Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office
1 Norodom Norindeth 1946 1955 Liberal
2 Norodom Ranariddh Ranariddh 1990s.jpg 1998 2006 FUNCINPEC
3 Keo Puth Rasmey 2006 2008 FUNCINPEC
4 Sam Rainsy Sam Rainsy (cropped).jpg 2008 22 January 2015 SRP

List of Minority Leaders[edit]

No Name Portrait Term of Office Political Party Prime Minister
Took Office Left Office
1 Sam Rainsy Sam Rainsy (cropped).jpg 22 January 2015 16 November 2015 Cambodia National Rescue Party Hun Sen
2 Kem Sokha Kem Sokha (2013).jpg 16 November 2015 5 December 2016
5 December 2016 31 January 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rainsy to get rank 'equal' to PM". The Phnom Penh Post. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Opposition Leader Officially Appointed Minority Leader of Assembly". Voice of America. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Kuch, Naren (31 January 2017). "Culture of Dialogue Faces Official Demise". The Cambodia Daily. Retrieved 31 January 2017.