Minority Leader (Cambodia)

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Minority Leader of the National Assembly of Cambodia
Royal arms of Cambodia.svg
Parliament of Cambodia
National Assembly of Cambodia
StyleHis Excellency
StatusLeader of the Opposition
SeatPhnom Penh
Term lengthWhile leader of the largest political party not in government
Formation22 January 2015; 4 years ago (2015-01-22)[1]
First holderSam Rainsy
Final holderKem Sokha
Abolished31 January 2017; 2 years ago (2017-01-31)[2]
SalaryKHR 11,536,000 (MP's salary)[3]

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,[4] making Sam Rainsy the first official Minority Leader.[1] 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.[2]

List of Opposition Leaders[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Opposition Leader Officially Appointed Minority Leader of Assembly". Voice of America. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kuch, Naren (31 January 2017). "Culture of Dialogue Faces Official Demise". The Cambodia Daily. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  3. ^ "CNRP Reveals Kem Sokha's Monthly Salary". The Cambodia Daily. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Rainsy to get rank 'equal' to PM". The Phnom Penh Post. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.