Famous Cambodian Leaders

Perched on the southern portion of Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, Cambodia is a populous country bordered by Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Gulf of Thailand. Formerly known as Khmer Empire, the country served as the home of first ancient Khmer kingdom. The Kingdom of Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy with an elected monarch as the head of the state. It also has a head of government, who is primarily vested with executive powers and is responsible for the smooth functioning of the country. The political landscape of the country is not a vibrant one – it suffers from lack of political freedom and has mainly an authoritarian kind-of leadership enwrapped over superficial democracy. Hun Sen is the current Prime Minister of Cambodia who has been in the office since 1985. An undisputed ruler, his rule is now in the league with long-running dictators such as Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Kazakhstan’s Nursultan Nazabayev. Interestingly, Hun Sen does not have any political background. In fact, he hails from a peasant family and has become the longest serving non-royal leader in Southeast Asia. Quite unbelievable isn’t it? For more interesting facts about the life of Cambodian political leaders, read on.

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 1 Norodom Sihanouk

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Famous As: Former Ruler of Cambodia
Birthdate: October 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: October 15, 2012
Apart from taking over as the king of Cambodia at 18, Norodom Sihanouk had also been the country’s prime minister later. A multidimensional personality and a Khmer Rouge supporter, he had also composed a number of patriotic tracks and experimented with filmmaking, infusing Western elements into his work.

 2 Norodom Sihamoni

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Famous As: Ruler of Cambodia
Birthdate: May 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Cambodian

Norodom Sihamoni has had an interesting childhood, from studying in Czechoslovakia to joining a film school in North Korea, to moving to China after the fall of Pol Pot. A skilled choreographer who had his own dance troupe in Paris, he later rather reluctantly became the king of Cambodia.

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 3 Suryavarman II

Suryavarman II
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1094 AD
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: 1150 AD

 4 Nuon Chea

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Famous As: Chief Ideologist of the Khmer Rouge
Birthdate: July 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cambodian

 5 Lon Nol

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Famous As: Cambodian Politician
Birthdate: November 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: November 17, 1985

 6 Kang Kek Iew

Kang Kek Iew
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Famous As: Torturer
Birthdate: November 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Cambodian

 7 Norodom Ranariddh

Norodom Ranariddh
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Cambodian
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 8 Ta Mok

Ta Mok
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Famous As: Cambodian Military chief
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: July 21, 2006

 9 Sam Rainsy

Sam Rainsy
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Cambodian

 10 Son Sen

Son Sen
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Famous As: Cambodian politician
Birthdate: June 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Cambodian, Vietnamese
Died: June 10, 1997

 11 Kem Sokha

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Famous As: Cambodian Politician
Birthdate: June 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cambodian

 12 Ieng Thirith

Ieng Thirith
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Famous As: Government official
Birthdate: March 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: August 22, 2015

 13 Mu Sochua

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Cambodian

 14 Son Sann

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French, Cambodian
Died: December 19, 2000

 15 Khuang Aphaiwong

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 17, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Cambodian, Thai
Died: March 15, 1968

 16 Norodom Rattana Devi

Norodom Rattana Devi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French, Cambodian

 17 Preah Maha Ghosananda

Preah Maha Ghosananda
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Famous As: Buddhist Monk
Birthdate: May 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: March 12, 2007

 18 Yun Yat

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1934 AD
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: June 15, 1997

 19 Men Sam An

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Cambodian

 20 Tioulong Saumura

Tioulong Saumura
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cambodian

 21 Pol Pot

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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Cambodia
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: April 15, 1998

Pol Pot was a Cambodian politician who served as the prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea from 1975 and 1979. Widely considered a totalitarian dictator, Pol Pot was responsible for the Cambodian genocide, which resulted in the death of 1.5 to 2 million people. He was found guilty of crimes against humanity and placed under house arrest until his death.

 22 Norodom Vichara

Norodom Vichara
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 17, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: July 28, 2013

 23 Ing Kuntha Phavi

Ing Kuntha Phavi
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: July 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cambodian

 24 Chou Bun Eng

Chou Bun Eng
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Cambodian

 25 Tong Siv Eng

Tong Siv Eng
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Cambodian
Died: June 12, 2001

 26 Tep Sothy

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 13, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Cambodian

 27 Ke Sovannaroth

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Cambodian

 28 Nin Saphon

Nin Saphon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Cambodian

 29 Som Kimsuor

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Cambodian

 30 Hun Sen

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Famous As: Prime Minister of Cambodia
Birthdate: August 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Cambodian

Hun Sen is a Cambodian politician and the current prime minister of Cambodia. Having assumed office in 1985, Hun Sen is one of the world's longest-serving leaders and the longest-serving Cambodian head of government. Over the years, he has been accused of abusing power as a number of activists, environmentalists, and politicians have been arrested and murdered under his government.