Thongloun Sisoulith

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Thongloun Sisoulith
ທອງລຸນ ສີສຸລິດ
Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith.jpg
5th General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee
Assumed office
15 January 2021
DeputyBounthong Chitmany
(Standing Member)
Preceded byBounnhang Vorachith
7th President of Laos
Assumed office
22 March 2021
Prime MinisterPhankham Viphavanh
Vice PresidentPany Yathotu
Bounthong Chitmany
Preceded byBounnhang Vorachith
17th Prime Minister of Laos
In office
20 April 2016 – 22 March 2021
PresidentBounnhang Vorachith
Preceded byThongsing Thammavong
Succeeded byPhankham Viphavanh
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
8 June 2006 – 20 April 2016
Prime MinisterThongsing Thammavong
Bouasone Bouphavanh
President of the State Committee for Planning and Investment
In office
27 March 2001 – 8 June 2006
Prime MinisterBounnhang Vorachith
Preceded byBouathong Vonglokham
Succeeded bySoulivong Daravong
Personal details
Born (1945-11-10) 10 November 1945 (age 76)
Houaphanh Province, Laos
Political partyLao People's Revolutionary Party
Alma materPedagogical College of Neo Lao Hak Sat
Herzen University
Russian Academy of Sciences (Ph.D)[1]

Thongloun Sisoulith (Lao: ທອງລຸນ ສີສຸລິດ; born 10 November 1945)[2] is a Laotian politician serving as General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party since 15 January 2021 and President of Laos since 22 March 2021.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Sisoulith and his daughter Moukdavanh with U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Sisoulith was born in the Houaphan province of Laos, and he studied at Pedagogical College of Neo Lao Hak Sat in Houaphan from 1962 to 1969. He was further educated in the Soviet Union and Vietnam. In addition to Lao, he speaks Vietnamese, Russian and English.[2]

Throughout his years in government he has an extensive list of appointments. He was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1987 to 1992, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare from 1993 to 1997, and a member of the National Assembly from 1998 to 2000. He became Deputy Prime Minister and President of the State Planning Committee on 27 March 2001,[4] and he was additionally appointed as Foreign Minister on 8 June 2006, replacing Somsavat Lengsavad. He was chosen to become Prime Minister of Laos at the 10th Party Congress on 23 January 2016.[5]

At the 11th National Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party in 2021, he was elected the party's general secretary, and hence de facto leader of Laos,[3] the first civilian with no military background to be general secretary.[6]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "19th International Conference on The Future of Asia". future-of-asia.nikkei.jp. Archived from the original on 2018-12-25. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  2. ^ a b "25th International Conference on The Future of Asia | Seeking a new global order -- Overcoming the chaos". future-of-asia.nikkei.jp. Archived from the original on 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  3. ^ a b Reuters Staff (Jan 15, 2021). "Laos Communist Party names PM Thongloun as new leader". Retrieved Jan 15, 2021 – via www.reuters.com.
  4. ^ "Laos new cabinet lineup", Asian Political News, April 2, 2001.
  5. ^ Ron Corben (24 January 2016). "Laos Undergoes Communist Party Leadership Change". Voice of America. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  6. ^ MARIMI KISHIMOTO (March 23, 2021). "New Laos president faces rising China debt and battered economy". Nikkei Asia.
  7. ^ พระราชทานราชอิสริยาภรณ์ “ดร.ทองลุน” รองนายกฯ ลาว
  8. ^ Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 20 октября 2015 года № 517 «О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации иностранных граждан»

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Party political offices
Preceded by General Secretary of the People's Revolutionary Party
2021–present
Incumbent
President of Laos
2021–present
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Laos
2016–2021
Succeeded by