Penn Nouth (Khmer: ប៉ែន នុត; 15 April 1906 – 18 May 1985) was a Cambodian politician. He served in the French colonial administration, then took active part in Cambodian politics, was several times Prime Minister of Cambodia (1953, 1954–1955, 1958, 1961) as part of the Sangkum regime of Prince Norodom Sihanouk. He was the first prime minister of an independent Cambodia. He was prime minister for the sixth time from 31 January 1968 to 14 August 1969. On 18 March 1970, when Norodom Sihanouk was deposed by Penn Nouth's successor Lon Nol, Penn Nouth joined the monarch in his exile and became prime minister in the GRUNK coalition. His combined tenure as Prime Minister (5 years, 222 days), spanning seven non-consecutive terms, is the second-longest in Cambodian history after Hun Sen.

Penn Nouth
ប៉ែន នុត
Samdech Penn Nouth (1947).jpg
Nouth in 1947
Prime Minister of Cambodia
In office
17 April 1975 – 4 April 1976
PresidentNorodom Sihanouk
Preceded byLong Boret
Succeeded byKhieu Samphan (acting)
In office
31 January 1968 – 14 August 1969
PresidentNorodom Sihanouk
Preceded bySon Sann
Succeeded byLon Nol
In office
28 January 1961 – 17 November 1961
PresidentNorodom Sihanouk
Preceded byPho Proeung
Succeeded byNorodom Sihanouk
In office
17 January 1958 – 24 April 1958
MonarchNorodom Suramarit
Preceded byEk Yi Oun
Succeeded bySim Var
In office
18 April 1954 – 26 January 1955
MonarchNorodom Sihanouk
Preceded byNorodom Sihanouk
Succeeded byLeng Ngeth
In office
24 January 1953 – 22 November 1953
MonarchNorodom Sihanouk
Preceded byNorodom Sihanouk
Succeeded byChan Nak
In office
15 August 1948 – 21 January 1949
MonarchNorodom Sihanouk
Preceded byChhean Vam
Succeeded byYem Sambaur
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
11 January 1958 – 10 July 1958
Prime MinisterEk Yi Oun
Sim Var
Preceded bySim Var
Succeeded byTruong Cang
Personal details
Born(1906-04-15)15 April 1906
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, French Indochina
Died18 May 1985(1985-05-18) (aged 79)
Châtenay-Malabry, France
Political party

After the Khmer Rouge took Phnom Penh in 1975, he served as prime minister of the country for the last time, but did not have real power. He was allowed to leave Cambodia in 1979 along with Sihanouk; he then emigrated.


Foreign honourEdit


  1. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1963" (PDF).

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Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Cambodia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea
17 April 1975–4 April 1976
Succeeded by