Prime Minister Hun Sen is one of the longest-serving political leaders in world history, having held power in Cambodia in various coalitions since 1985. He is currently the president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
Kem Sokha, a prominent human rights advocate and politician, heads the Cambodia National Rescue Party. Since September 2017, he has been imprisoned for treason.
Since the 1990s, Sam Rainsy, a banker who emerged as one of Cambodia’s best-known politicians and a pro-democracy activist, has been a sharp critic of Hun Sen’s government.
Prince Norodom Ranariddh was a leading Cambodian political figure in the 1980s and 1990s. He is now the president of the royalist FUNCINPEC party, after having cycled in and out of politics for years.
His Legacy of Brutality Haunts Cambodia
U.S.-backed General Lon Nol led a coup that toppled King Norodom Sihanouk, before being forced out of the country by the Khmer Rouge in 1975.
The late King Norodom Sihanouk was a powerful Cambodian figure for almost six decades after obtaining independence from France in 1953.