25th International Conference on The Future of Asia

May 30-31, 2019


Hun Sen

Hun Sen

Prime Minister, Kingdom of Cambodia

Born on April 4, 1951 in Kampong Cham Province, upon completion of his local primary schooling, in 1965 Mr. Hun Sen came to Phnom Penh to continue his secondary education.


In 1970, Cambodia was plunged into war. Responding to the appeal of Prince Sihanouk to Cambodians to join the war against the imperialists, at the age of 18, Mr. Hun Sen joined the struggle movement, which liberated the country on April 17, 1975.


One day before the victory, on April 16, 1975, Hun Sen was wounded in the left eye. Recovered from months of treatment, on January 5, 1976, he married Bun Rany. They have six children.


Witnessing the Pol Pot regime’s policy of genocide, in 1977 he left his beloved family again to lead a movement aimed at liberating Cambodia and its people from the genocidal regime.


From 1979 to 1993, Mr. Hun Sen held various positions in the Cambodian administrations – the People’s Republic of Kampuchea and then the State of Cambodia. As Foreign Minister in 1979, as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister from 1981 to 1985, and then as Prime Minister and Foreign Minister from 1985 to 1991, Mr. Hun Sen brought about several remarkable achievements, laying the basis for the implementation of peace, national reconciliation, and the development of Cambodia. Through his willing contribution and efforts, Mr. Hun Sen proved an indispensable architect of the Paris Peace Agreement on Cambodia.


As a result of the implementation of the Agreement and the 1993 national elections, from 1993 to 1998 Hun Sen served Cambodia as the Co-Premier of the first coalition government. In this position, he again proved to be an earnest defender of national achievements and of the Paris Peace Agreement. His achievements in this period included carrying out the win-win policy which ends the Khmer Rouge’s threat and unifies Cambodia.


In July 1998, the general election brought victory to the Cambodian People’s Party, of which Hun Sen was the Vice President. He became the sole Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Samdech Hun Sen again led the CPP to a victory in the July-2003 general elections. On July 15, 2004, the National Assembly re-elected him as Prime Minister. On September 25, 2008, after winning the general elections of July 27, 2008, Samdech Hun Sen was re-elected as Prime Minister for the next five-year term (2008-2013). On September 23, 2013, Samdech Techo Hun Sen was re-elected as Prime Minister for the next five-year term (2013-2018).


On August 15, 2018, based on the official results of the National Assembly elections held on July 29, 2018, participated by 83.02% of registered voters, the National Elections Committee announces the Cambodian People’s Party winning a full-house 125 seats in the National Assembly to continue leading the country for another 5 years (2018-2023).


On September 6, 2018, in its first session, the sixth legislative term National Assembly carries out package voting through which confidence is granted for Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen as Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia.


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