General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party

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General Secretary of the
Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Hammer and sickle transparent.svg
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Incumbent
Bounnhang Vorachit

since 22 January 2016
Appointer Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Term length 5 years
Inaugural holder Kaysone Phomvihane
Formation 22 March 1955

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party is the office of the highest-ranking member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and the de facto leader of Laos. The General Secretary is also the Chairman of the Defense and Public Security Commission, the commander-in-chief of the Lao People's Army. From 1991 to 2006, the office was titled Chairman of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.

The Party's Central Committee elects the General Secretary. The General Secretary usually also becomes President of Laos eventually

Officeholders[edit]

No.
[note 1]
Title Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Central Committee Portrait
1 General Secretary Kaysone Phomvihane
(1920–1992)
22 March 1955 29 March 1991 1st–4th Central Committee
(1955–1991)
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Chairman 29 March 1991 21 November 1992 5th Central Committee
(1991–1996)
2 Chairman Khamtai Siphandon
(born 1924)
24 November 1992 21 March 2006 5th–7th Central Committee
(1991–2006)
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3 General Secretary Choummaly Sayasone
(born 1936)
21 March 2006 22 January 2016 8th–9th Central Committee
(2006–2016)
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4 General Secretary Bounnhang Vorachith
(born 1937)
22 January 2016 Incumbent 10th Central Committee
(2016–2021)
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References[edit]

  1. ^ These numbers are not official.