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Khamtai Siphandon

Khamtay Siphandone
ຄຳໄຕ ສີພັນດອນ
2nd Chairman of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
In office
24 November 1992 – 21 March 2006
Preceded by Kaysone Phomvihane
Succeeded by Choummaly Sayasone
President of Laos
In office
24 February 1998 – 8 June 2006
Prime Minister Sisavath Keobounphanh
Bounnhang Vorachith
Vice President Oudom Khattigna
Choummaly Sayasone
Preceded by Nouhak Phoumsavanh
Succeeded by Choummaly Sayasone
Prime Minister of Laos
In office
15 August 1991 – 24 February 1998
President Kaysone Phomvihane
Nouhak Phoumsavanh
Preceded by Kaysone Phomvihane
Succeeded by Sisavath Keobounphanh
Personal details
Born (1924-02-08) 8 February 1924
Political party Lao People's Revolutionary Party

General Khamtay Siphandone (Lao: ຄຳໄຕ ສີພັນດອນ; born 8 February 1924) is a Laotian politician who was President of Laos[1] from 24 February 1998, until 8 June 2006, when he was officially replaced by Choummaly Sayasone. He was a member of the Communist Party of Indochina in 1954 and a member of the Central Party Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party in 1956.

Khamtai also served as chairman, or leader, of the communist Lao People's Revolutionary Party, the only legal party in the country, from 24 November 1992, until 21 March 2006, when he was replaced by Choummaly. As expected, he stepped down as President soon after the April 30, 2006, National Assembly elections.

He was the military commander of the Pathet Lao rebellion. On its takeover of the Laotian government in 1975 he became minister of defense, commander of the army, and a deputy prime minister. On the creation of a presidential republic in 1991, he became prime minister, succeeding party leader Kaysone Phomvihane, who became president. General Khamtai Siphandon became party leader on Kaysone's death, and later succeeded Nouhak Phoumsavanh as president. At the 8th Party Congress in 2006, he became an Advisor to the LPRP Central Committee.

References

  1. ^ Doeden, Matt (2007) Laos in Pictures, Lerner Publishing Group, ISBN 978-0-8225-6590-1, p. 71
Party political offices
Preceded by
Phoumi Vongvichit
President of the Lao Front for National Construction
1991 – 2001
Succeeded by
Sisavath Keobounphanh
Preceded by
Kaysone Phomvihane
Chairman of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
1992 – 2006
Succeeded by
Choummaly Sayasone
(General Secretary)
Political offices
Preceded by
None
Minister for Defence of Laos
1975 – 1991
Succeeded by
Choummaly Sayasone
Preceded by
Kaysone Phomvihane
Prime Minister of Laos
1991 – 1998
Succeeded by
Sisavath Keobounphanh
Preceded by
Nouhak Phoumsavanh
President of Laos
1998 – 2006
Succeeded by
Choummaly Sayasone
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