List of presidents of Laos

President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos
Coat of Arms of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos
Choummaly Sayasone
since 8 June 2006
Appointer National Assembly of Laos
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Prince Souphanouvong
Formation 2 December 1975

The President of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos is the head of state of the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. 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.

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)

Name
(Birth–Death)
(Title)
Picture Term start Term end Political Party
1 Souphanouvong
(1909–1995)
President
2 December 1975 15 August 1991 Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Phoumi Vongvichit
(1909–1994)
Acting President
31 October 1986 15 August 1991 Lao People's Revolutionary Party
2 Kaysone Phomvihane
(1920–1992)
President
15 August 1991 21 November 1992 Lao People's Revolutionary Party
3 Nouhak Phoumsavanh
(1910–2008)
President
25 November 1992 24 February 1998 Lao People's Revolutionary Party
4 Khamtai Siphandon
(1924– )
President
24 February 1998 8 June 2006 Lao People's Revolutionary Party
5 Choummaly Sayasone
(1936– )
President
8 June 2006 Incumbent Lao People's Revolutionary Party

Living former presidents

See also

References

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