Khieu Samphan

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Khieu Samphan
Khieu Samphan 2014.jpg
President of the State Presidium of Democratic Kampuchea
In office
April 11, 1976 – January 7, 1979
Leader Pol Pot
Preceded by Norodom Sihanouk
Succeeded by Post abolished
Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea
Acting
In office
April 4, 1976 – April 14, 1976
President Norodom Sihanouk
himself
Preceded by Penn Nouth
Succeeded by Pol Pot
Personal details
Born 27 July 1931 (1931-07-27) (age 86)
Svay Rieng, French Indochina
Political party Communist Party
Other political
affiliations
Sangkum (1958-1967)
Spouse(s) So Socheat[1]
Religion Buddhism[2]

Khieu Samphan (Khmer: ខៀវ សំផន; born July 27, 1931)[3] is a former Cambodian communist politician. He was the president of the state of Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia) from 1976 until 1979.

He was one of the most powerful officials in the Khmer Rouge movement, although Pol Pot remained the General Secretary (highest official) in the party.

Samphan is the second oldest living former Khmer Rouge leader, alongside Nuon Chea. On August 7, 2014, they were convicted and received life sentences for crimes against humanity during the Cambodian Genocide.[4]

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