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Chea Sim was born on November, 1932 in Romeas Hek district, Svay Reing province from one of the farming families. Chea Sim’s father’s name is Mr. Chea Sao and mother’s name is Mrs. Pen Nao. Chea Sim is the 3rd son in the family of 4 sons and one daughter.

1- Chea Sorn - oldest brother
2- Chea Nou - oldest sister
3- Chea Sim - the third child
4- Chea Phon - first younger brother
5- Chea Phun - second youngest brother

During his childhood because Chea Sim desired to respect Buddhism and Khmer culture, he started his education in one of the local Buddhist school and became a monk. He then graduated from the Buddhist Juniors High School.

Between 1951 and 1954, Chea Sim, became involved with the revolution movement of Khmer Ysarak in order to help find the independence for Cambodia.

Later, Chea Sim married to Ms. Nhem Soeun in 1955 then they had 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters.
1- Chea Sak (son)
2- Chea Sam Ath (daughter)
3- Chea Sam Eng (daughter)
4- Chea Pin (daughter)
5- Chea Thea (son)
6- Chea Tha (son)
7- Chea Somethy (son)

From 1954 to 1975, he joined a national resistant movement and then was appointed as a chief of a commune and district for his great effort and contribution.

The historical mission of a national liberation movement during 1978 brought him to the position as deputy chairman of the United Front of National Solidarity and Salvation of Kampuchea. In his salvation mission for Cambodia, in between year 1978 to 1979, he lost his beloved eldest son Mr. Chea Sak and other brothers, Chea Sorn, Chea Phon, Chea Phun which were all heroes of the United Front of National Solidarity and Salvation of Kampuchea.

After the 7th of January, 1979, Chea Sim had been elected as a chairman of the United Front of Solidarity, Development and Defense of Cambodia until present.

From 1979 to 1981, Chea Sim was elected to be the minister of the Ministry Of Interior for Cambodia.  

From 1981 to 1993, Chea Sim was elected again as a member of the National Assembly for Prey Veng Province Station and also as the President of National Assembly of State of Cambodia.

On the 17th October, 1991 the 14th meeting of the Central Committee of the Cambodian People Party (CPP), had elected Chea Sim as the president of the Party.

Within a new phase of peace and national reconciliation through the first general election organized by United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) on May, 1993, Chea Sim was elected as a member of National Assembly for Phnom Penh City Station. Later Chea Sim was selected to be a deputy president of the National Assembly for the Kingdom of Cambodia.

In the first meeting of the first legislature of National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia, on the 25th October, 1993, Samdech Chea Sim then was elected again as the president of National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia. 

On the 9th November, 1993, Chea Sim had been awarded the title of “Samdech” by His Majesty king Sihanuk, the king of Kingdom of Cambodia.

On the 2nd March, 1998, Samdech Chea Sim obtained an Honorary Doctorates -- Ph.D. in Philosophy and Political Science from the Southern California University for Professional Studies in recognition of his long life contribution to the politics of Cambodian.

Through the 2nd general election on the 26th of July, 1998, Samdech Chea Sim was again elected as a member of the National Assembly for Phnom Penh City Station but gave up the position on the 1st December, 1998. After this he was appointed by his Majesty King Sihanouk as a president of the Senate on the 11th of January, 1999 until now.

Samdech Chea Sim also has received a special appointment by His Majesty King Sihanouk, as the acting head of State of Cambodia, working on behalf of the King while the King is absent.

Chea Sim has had the great honor to greet and invite respected Diplomats, Ambassadors, Kings and Queens, Ministers, Parties Leaders, political officials and representatives from many countries around the world. Cambodia has a open door policy and welcome trade and diplomatic relations with all countries world wide.

Samdech Chea Sim and U.S Ambassador Charles A. Ray



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