Heng Samrin abdicates, Cambodia ushers in first female parliament chair


[INNEWS reporter Xiao in reported] On the evening of August 9, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen released a voice message announcing the new leadership of the Cambodian National Assembly.

He revealed that Khuon Sodary, the current second deputy chairman of the National Assembly, will succeed the current chairman Heng Samrin and become the chairman of the seventh National Assembly.

Heng Samrin, 89, was the head of state of the People’s Republic of Cambodia from 1979 to 1992 and general secretary of the Cambodian People’s Revolutionary Party from 1981 to 1991. Since 2006, he has been elected as the chairman of the National Assembly of Cambodia.

Hun Sen said that this decision was made by the Cambodian People’s Party at the end of 2021. The purpose of this disclosure is to prove to the outside world that the Cambodian People’s Party is united and that there will be no conflicts due to position changes.

In addition, the current Minister of Social Welfare and Veterans Vong Sauth will serve as the second deputy chairman of the National Assembly, while Cheam Yeap, the first deputy chairman of the National Assembly, will remain in the position. ​

[More and more women in key leadership positions]

From the changes in government personnel in recent years, more and more women in Cambodia hold important leadership positions.

On July 29, Ms. Chea Serey, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia, was promoted to Governor, succeeding the former Governor Chea Chanto. King Norodom Sihamoni of the Kingdom of Cambodia issued the “Royal Decree” on July 29, appointing Ms. Chea Serey as the Governor of the National Bank, whose rank is equivalent to that of the Minister of State. Chea Serey is also the first female National Bank Governor in Cambodian history.

Chea serey

It is understood that the number of women members of the Cambodian Senate and National Assembly has now risen to 18% and 20% respectively.

Women make up 41 percent of Cambodia’s civil servants, 26 percent of whom hold decision-making positions, while about 36 percent of women are part of management teams in both the public and private sectors. Two of Cambodia’s 25 provincial governors are women, and nearly 8 percent of them are county heads.