General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea

General Secretary of the Central Committee (Khmer: លេខាបក្សកុំមុយនីសកម្ពុជា) was the highest office in the Communist Party of Kampuchea.[1] The General Secretary was elected at plenary sessions of the Party's Central Committee, and chaired the Secretariat and Politburo. The office was abolished when the CPK dissolved in 1981, two years after being thrown from power in a counterattack by Vietnamese forces.

Name Tenure Notes
Tou Samouth 1960 - July, 1962 Inaugural officeholder; disappeared under disputed circumstances in July, 1962.
Saloth Sar (Pol Pot) February, 1963–1981 Elected in February 1963, maintained post until the dissolution of the Party in 1981. Under his leadership, the Party's guerrilla branch, Khmer Rouge, succeeding in overthrowing U.S.-backed military dictator Lon Nol, and on April 17, 1975 established Democratic Kampuchea, an agrarian socialist dictatorship.


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