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Son Sann was the former Prime Minister of Cambodia known for the progressive policies he implemented during his reign

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BirthdayOctober 5, 1911
Died onDecember 19, 2000
NationalityCambodian, French
FamousCambodian Men, Politician, Socialists, Leaders, Political Leaders
IdeologiesSocialists
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party
Birth PlacePhnom Penh
Born CountryCambodia
Political IdeologyBuddhist Liberal Democratic Party
ReligionBuddhism
GenderMale
Sun SignLibra
Born inPhnom Penh
Famous asPolitician
Died at Age89

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Who is Son Sann?

Son Sann aka Samdech Borvor Setha Thipadei Son Sann was a prominent Cambodian leader and politician. Born to ethnic Khmer parents from neighboring Vietnam, Son was raised in his country's capital. He enjoyed a childhood of privilege as his father held a prominent position in the government. The young lad was then sent to Paris to complete his education. After mastering two European languages, he took his expertise back to his homeland, where he became employed by the colonial government. Soon rising to a high rank in the civil service, Sann's career was jump-started after his country achieved independence. Parleying his education and experience into being appointed as head of his country's central bank, he enjoyed his position of privilege. But after a revolution led to a change in fortune, he had to flee to foreign countries. Negotiating to find a peaceful settlement for his homeland, the rising leader ultimately decided to organize an armed resistance group instead. Once his allies had toppled the government, Sann was given a prestigious leadership position. He spent a decade at the top of secular power in his country before taking a step back, successfully running as an opposition member of parliament. The eminent politician then retired from politics and moved abroad one last time. Peacefully passing away in his bed, Sann was hailed by national leaders as a hero of his homeland.

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Childhood & Early Life

Son Sann was born on October 5, 1911 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Although both of his parents were ethnic Khmer, they were originally from Tra Vinh Province in Vietnam.

He completed his elementary and secondary education in Phnom Penh. In 1929, he moved to Paris, France to enroll in school.

In 1933, Sann graduated from the ‘Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales’.

Career

The following year in 1934, Sann moved to London. During this time, he learned English.

After staying in London for a year he returned to Cambodia, in 1935. He was given a job as a trade representative for the French colonial administration and served in Prey Veng and Battambang provinces.

In 1941, he was appointed as a member of an important Cambodian economic mission to Tokyo, Japan.

Sann was promoted to the post of vice president of the Council of Ministers, in 1946. Later, he was promoted to the position of Minister of Finance. He rapidly acclimated to the position.

In 1947, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia. In the same year, he founded the ‘Democratic Party’. It quickly rose to a position of prominence.

In 1950, he was appointed to be the Foreign Minister of Cambodia. He worked to improve regional and world relations.

In 1955, Sann joined the royalist ‘Sangkum’ movement or political party. In the same year, Cambodia achieved independence from France.

He was appointed Governor of the ‘National Bank of Cambodia’, in 1964. He became respected for his diligent work.

In 1970, after Cambodia suffered a coup, Son was placed under house arrest. He later fled to China, where he worked to secure a negotiated settlement for his homeland.

The premier of China disagreed with his negotiations, and Lon Nol became the president of the Khmer Republic in Cambodia, in 1972.

In 1975, the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia. Sann began organizing a resistance movement while living in Paris, France.

After Vietnam invaded his homeland, he founded the ‘Khmer People's National Liberation Front’ (KPNLF) to oppose the ruling government of Cambodia, in 1979.

In 1982, the KPNLF joined forces with a royalist party to form a coalition government. The popular leader was appointed as Prime Minister of the country. He held this position for the next nine years.

In 1991, he participated in the peace negotiations to end the civil war in his homeland. The nationalist leader worked to reunite and heal his country.

In 1992, he formed the ‘Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party’ (BLDP). It soon rose to a position of prominence.

In 1993, the BLDP did well in elections and Sann was elected as a member of parliament, known as the National Assembly. Later in the same year, he became the President of the National Assembly.

In 1997, he resigned from politics and moved to Paris, France. He slowly began to fade into a long illness.

Major Works

Son Sann was twice the Prime Minister of Cambodia and served in a number of prominent government positions in Cambodia. As the Prime Minister of the nation he implemented several progressive social programs to modernize his country. He also built important bridges between regional powers such as China and Vietnam as well as global powers such as the United States.

Personal Life & Legacy

Son Sann was married to Nema Toula Macchwa. Together they had seven children. In 2000, the eminent political leader died of heart failure.

When Son Sann died, the King of Cambodia declared that he was a "son of the nation and a hero of the Cambodian motherland".

One of his sons, Son Soubert, is a trained archeologist. The political leader remained a devout Buddhist his entire life.

Trivia

Despite organizing armed resistance movements, this famous personality told Pope John Paul II in 1983 that he had never carried a gun in his life and that he adhered to the Buddhist concept of respect for all living beings.

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Son Sann biography timelines

  • // 5th Oct 1911
    Son Sann was born on October 5, 1911 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Although both of his parents were ethnic Khmer, they were originally from Tra Vinh Province in Vietnam.
  • // 1929
    He completed his elementary and secondary education in Phnom Penh. In 1929, he moved to Paris, France to enroll in school.
  • // 1933
    In 1933, Sann graduated from the ‘Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales’.
  • // 1934
    The following year in 1934, Sann moved to London. During this time, he learned English.
  • // 1935
    After staying in London for a year he returned to Cambodia, in 1935. He was given a job as a trade representative for the French colonial administration and served in Prey Veng and Battambang provinces.
  • // 1941
    In 1941, he was appointed as a member of an important Cambodian economic mission to Tokyo, Japan.
  • // 1946
    Sann was promoted to the post of vice president of the Council of Ministers, in 1946. Later, he was promoted to the position of Minister of Finance. He rapidly acclimated to the position.
  • // 1947
    In 1947, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia. In the same year, he founded the ‘Democratic Party’. It quickly rose to a position of prominence.
  • // 1950
    In 1950, he was appointed to be the Foreign Minister of Cambodia. He worked to improve regional and world relations.
  • // 1955
    In 1955, Sann joined the royalist ‘Sangkum’ movement or political party. In the same year, Cambodia achieved independence from France.
  • // 1964
    He was appointed Governor of the ‘National Bank of Cambodia’, in 1964. He became respected for his diligent work.
  • // 1970
    In 1970, after Cambodia suffered a coup, Son was placed under house arrest. He later fled to China, where he worked to secure a negotiated settlement for his homeland.
  • // 1972
    The premier of China disagreed with his negotiations, and Lon Nol became the president of the Khmer Republic in Cambodia, in 1972.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, the Khmer Rouge seized power in Cambodia. Sann began organizing a resistance movement while living in Paris, France.
  • // 1979
    After Vietnam invaded his homeland, he founded the ‘Khmer People's National Liberation Front’ (KPNLF) to oppose the ruling government of Cambodia, in 1979.
  • // 1982
    In 1982, the KPNLF joined forces with a royalist party to form a coalition government. The popular leader was appointed as Prime Minister of the country. He held this position for the next nine years.
  • // 1983
    Despite organizing armed resistance movements, this famous personality told Pope John Paul II in 1983 that he had never carried a gun in his life and that he adhered to the Buddhist concept of respect for all living beings.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he participated in the peace negotiations to end the civil war in his homeland. The nationalist leader worked to reunite and heal his country.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he formed the ‘Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party’ (BLDP). It soon rose to a position of prominence.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, the BLDP did well in elections and Sann was elected as a member of parliament, known as the National Assembly. Later in the same year, he became the President of the National Assembly.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he resigned from politics and moved to Paris, France. He slowly began to fade into a long illness.
  • // 2000
    Son Sann was married to Nema Toula Macchwa. Together they had seven children. In 2000, the eminent political leader died of heart failure.

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Son Sann's FAQ

  • What is Son Sann birthday?

    Son Sann was born at 1911-10-05

  • When was Son Sann died?

    Son Sann was died at 2000-12-19

  • Where was Son Sann died?

    Son Sann was died in Paris

  • Which age was Son Sann died?

    Son Sann was died at age 89

  • Where is Son Sann's birth place?

    Son Sann was born in Phnom Penh

  • What is Son Sann nationalities?

    Son Sann's nationalities is Cambodian,French

  • What is Son Sann ideologies?

    Son Sann's ideologies is Socialists

  • Which company or organization was founded by Son Sann?

    Son Sann was the founder/co-founder of Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party

  • What is Son Sann's political ideology?

    Son Sann's political ideology is Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party

  • What is Son Sann's religion?

    Son Sann's religion is Buddhism

  • What is Son Sann's sun sign?

    Son Sann is Libra

  • How famous is Son Sann?

    Son Sann is famouse as Politician