President of Laos
|President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos|
|Appointer||National Assembly of Laos|
|Term length||Five years|
|Inaugural holder||Prince Souphanouvong|
|Formation||2 December 1975|
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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 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)
People's Democratic Republic of Laos (1975–present)
|Picture||Term start||Term end||Political Party|
||2 December 1975||15 August 1991||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
||31 October 1986||15 August 1991||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
||15 August 1991||21 November 1992||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
||25 November 1992||24 February 1998||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
||24 February 1998||8 June 2006||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
||8 June 2006||Incumbent||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
Living former presidents
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