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Senate (Cambodia)

Senate of Cambodia
3rd Mandate
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
24 March 2012
Chea Sim (CPP)
since 25 March 1999
First Vice
Say Chhum (CPP)
since 24 March 2012
Second Vice
Tep Ngorn (CPP)
since 24 March 2012
Kong Korm (SRP)
since 25 March 1999
Seats 61
Cambodian Senate composition 2012.svg
Political groups
     CPP (46)
     SRP (11)
     Independent (4)
Length of term
6 years
Last election
29 January 2012
Meeting place

The Senate (Khmer: ព្រឹទ្ធសភា, Protsaphea) is the upper house of the Parliament of Cambodia. The Senate is a legislative body, composed of 61 members. 57 of the Senate seats are contested in non-universal elections held every six years. The King nominates two Senators, and the National Assembly nominates another two, bringing a total to 61 Senators. The Senate performs its duties as determined in the constitution and law in force. The Senate is chaired and presided by the President, currently Chea Sim of the Cambodian People's Party and assisted by two Vice Presidents.

The first Senate session was held on March 25, 1999 and the first election was held on January 22, 2006. The third and current Senate was opened by King Norodom Sihamoni on March 24, 2012.

Term and session

Article 102: The term of the Senate is six years and ends on the day when the new Senate takes office.

Article 107: The Senate holds its ordinary sessions twice a year. Each session shall last at least three months. If requested by the king or Prime Minister, or at least one-third of all the senators, the Senate shall convene in an extraordinary session.

An absolute majority vote of all senators is used in the following cases:

  • Election of the President, Vice Presidents of the Senate and all members of the commissions or special commission
  • Adoption of organic laws
  • Adoption of the internal regulations of the Senate
  • Adoption of laws or issues

A two-third-majority vote of all senators is used for the following cases:

  • Adoption of the Constitution law
  • The vote pertaining to decision to indict, arrest, detent, confinement disciplinary action, parliamentary immunity, incompatibility, loss of membership, or abandonment of post.
  • A three-fourth-majority vote of all senators is to be used to decide on suspension of detention or indictment of any senator.


The President of the Senate is assisted by two Vice Presidents which leads the Senate. If the President is unable to perform his/her duties due to illness or due to fulfilling the functions of Acting Head of State or as a Regent, or due to being on a mission abroad, a vice President shall replace him. (Article 110-New of the Constitution)

The Permanent Committee of the Senate consists of:

  • The President of the Senate
  • Two Vice Presidents of the Senate
  • The Chairman of the nine Commissions of the Senate

Current composition

 Summary of the 29 January 2012 Senate election results
Party Votes % Seats
Cambodian People's Party 8,880 77.81%
Sam Rainsy Party 2,503 22.19%
Total (turnout) 11,383 57
Source:, RFA
  • In addition to the general election, the King and National Assembly each choose two Senators, bringing the total to 61 members.

List of Senators

Name of Senator Gender Party/Nomination Term
Oum Mannorine[1] Male Nominated by King
Ieu Pannakar[2] Male Nominated by King
Prak Cham Roeun Male Nominated by Assembly
Norodom Bupphadevi[3] Female Nominated by Assembly
Chhat Loeum Male Cambodian People's Party
Soeuy Keo Male Cambodian People's Party
Chhoun Leng Male Cambodian People's Party
Bou Thang Male Cambodian People's Party
Chea Son Male Cambodian People's Party
Ty Borasy Female Cambodian People's Party
Hong Touhay Male Cambodian People's Party
Thong Chon Male Cambodian People's Party
Tith Ream Male Cambodian People's Party
Ouk Bounchheoun Male Cambodian People's Party
Soun Loan Male Cambodian People's Party
Yang Sem Male Cambodian People's Party
Lav Mingkan Male Cambodian People's Party
Kim Naing Male Cambodian People's Party
Lak Aun Female Cambodian People's Party
Chan Nareth Male Cambodian People's Party
Um Sarith Male Cambodian People's Party
Chhit Kimyeat Male Cambodian People's Party
Kong Sareach Male Cambodian People's Party
Pum Sichan Female Cambodian People's Party
Lay Ypisith Male Cambodian People's Party
Chea Cheth Male Cambodian People's Party
Sim Ka Male Cambodian People's Party
Ney Pena Male Cambodian People's Party
Peng Path Male Cambodian People's Party
Puth Khov Male Cambodian People's Party
Ok Kong Male Cambodian People's Party
Ung Ty Male Cambodian People's Party
Am Sam Ath Male Cambodian People's Party
An Sum Male Cambodian People's Party
Yim Set Male Cambodian People's Party
Tim Phan Male Cambodian People's Party
Nuon Samin Male Cambodian People's Party
Men Siphan Male Cambodian People's Party
Kok An Male Cambodian People's Party
Mong Reththy Male Cambodian People's Party
Vann Vuth Male Cambodian People's Party
Chhouk Chhim Female Cambodian People's Party
Keo Maly Female Cambodian People's Party
Mean Som An Female Cambodian People's Party
Mam Bunneang Male Cambodian People's Party
Ly Yong Phat Male Cambodian People's Party
Heng Bora Male Cambodian People's Party
Kong Korm Male Sam Rainsy Party
Nuth Rumduol Male Sam Rainsy Party
Ho Vann Male Sam Rainsy Party
Thach Setha Male Sam Rainsy Party
Thak Lany Female Sam Rainsy Party
Teav Vannol Male Sam Rainsy Party
Hong Sok Hour Male Sam Rainsy Party
Men Sothavarin Male Sam Rainsy Party
Ke Sovannroth Female Sam Rainsy Party
Eng Chhai Eang Male Sam Rainsy Party
Uch Serey Yuth[4] Male Sam Rainsy Party


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See also

Related external links

  • List of Senators
  • Ruling party wins Cambodia poll
  • Senate of the Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Senate Homepage
  • Official Results of the 2007 Commune Councils Election
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