President of Laos

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President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos
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Incumbent
Choummaly Sayasone

since 8 June 2006
Appointer National Assembly of Laos
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Prince Souphanouvong
Formation 2 December 1975
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The President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos is the head of state of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos.

Powers[edit]

The president represents Laos internally and externally, supervises the work as well as preserving the stability of the national governmental system and safeguards the independence and territorial integrity of the country. The President appoints prime minister, vice presidents, ministers and other officials with the consent of the National Assembly.

The head of state is the commander-in-chief of the Lao People's Army. Since Laos is a one-party state, with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party being the sole party allowed by the constitution, all the presidents of the People's Democratic Republic have been members of the party while holding office.

The current president is Choummaly Sayasone, since 8 June 2006. He is also the General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, and he is ranked first in the Politburo hierarchy.

Office[edit]

The office of the President of the People's Democratic Republic traces its lineage back to Prince Souphanouvong, the first President of the People's Democratic Republic, a member of the deposed royal family, who became President when the former Kingdom of Laos was overthrow by the Pathet Lao in 1975, at the end of the Laotian Civil War.

List of Presidents of Laos (1975–present)[edit]

Colour key
(for political parties)

People's Democratic Republic of Laos (1975–present)[edit]

Portrait Name
(Born-Died)
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
1 Souphanouvong1978.jpg Souphanouvong
(1909–1995)
2 December 1975 15 August 1991 15 years, 256 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Emblem of Laos 1975-1991.svg Phoumi Vongvichit
(1909–1994)
Acting President
(for Souphanouvong)
31 October 1986 15 August 1991 4 years, 288 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
2 Kaysone DDR 1982.jpg Kaysone Phomvihane
(1920–1992)
15 August 1991 21 November 1992 1 year, 98 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
3 Nouhak Phoumsavan.jpg Nouhak Phoumsavanh
(1910–2008)
25 November 1992 24 February 1998 5 years, 91 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
4 Sultan of Brunei with Khamtay Siphandone (cropped).png Khamtai Siphandon
(b. 1924)
24 February 1998 8 June 2006 8 years, 104 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
5 Choummaly Sayasone.jpg Choummaly Sayasone
(b. 1936)
8 June 2006 Incumbent 8 years, 200 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party

Living former presidents[edit]

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