Heng Samrin


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Heng Samrin

(hĕng säm`rĭn), 1934–, Cambodian politician. He was president of Cambodia from 1979 to 1991 and headed the Communist party from 1981 to 1991. A regimental commander of the Khmer RougeKhmer Rouge
, name given to native Cambodian Communists. Khmer Rouge soldiers, aided by North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops, began a large-scale insurgency against government forces in 1970, quickly gaining control over more than two thirds of the country.
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 during the civil war (1970–75), he sought refuge in Vietnam from Pol Pot's purges (1977). Returning to lead the uprising, he was named president of the Vietnamese-installed Cambodian government after Pol PotPol Pot,
1925–98, Cambodian political leader, originally named Saloth Sar. Paris-educated, and a Khmer Communist leader from 1960, he led Khmer Rouge guerrillas against the government of Lon Nol after 1970.
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's overthrow (1979). He faced continued armed resistance from the Khmer Rouge and other forces and failed to gain widespread diplomatic recognition. In 1985 he lost power to Hun Sen, the new premier, but he remained head of state until Norodom SihanoukSihanouk, Norodom
, 1922–2012, king of Cambodia (1941–55, 1993–2004), b. Phnom Penh. Sihanouk was educated in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) and Paris and was elected king by a royal council in 1941.
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's return in 1991.
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UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith raised the forced dissolution of the CNRP and the redistribution of its legislative seats, as well as the government's frequent legal action against sitting parliamentarians, during her visit on Tuesday with National Assembly President Heng Samrin.
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Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin said that during the 3-day assembly, the Asian parliamentary leaders would discuss and exchange views on building a prosperous and harmonious Asian region.
Via a video from the United States to about 200 supporters gathering at the Choeung Ek Killing Field to mark the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge on April 17, 1975, Sam Rainsy did not name those government members, but references to "ministers and deputy prime ministers" were consistent with his statement on April 17 last year, when he called for legal action against Prime Minister Hun Sen, Senate President Chea Sim and National Assembly President Heng Samrin.
By Ahmad Al-Furaij (with photos) KUALA LUMPUR, March 24 (KUNA) -- Kuwait's ambassador to Cambodia Dherar Al-Tuwaijri has held talks with Heng Samrin, the Chairman of the Cambodian National Assembly, on mutual cooperation between Kuwait and the Kingdom.
It was composed of Khmer communists who had remained in Vietnam after 1975 and officials from the eastern sector--like Heng Samrin and Hun Sen--who had fled to Vietnam from Cambodia in 1978.
Heng Samrin, 75, is president of the National Assembly and concurrently honorable president of the CPP, while Hun Sen is CPP vice president.
The People's Republic was led by Heng Samrin and Pen Sovan (until 1981).
7 million Cambodians died, and even after Vietnamese and Heng Samrin troops drove out the Khmer Rouge in January 1979.
Heng Samrin, first vice president of the parliament, said after the bill's passage, ''I am one of the strugglers to fight against the Khmer Rouge.
Among the resistance leaders was Heng Samrin, a Khmer Rouge leader in the eastern zone who eventually made contact with Vietnam.