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UPDATED: 20:14, June 08, 2006
Laos elects new state president, PM, NA chairman
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The National Assembly (NA) of Laos on Thursday elected General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Choummaly Sayasone new state president, and member of the party's Political Bureau Bouasone Bouphavanh prime minister.

At the first session of the 6th NA which opened Thursday morning, delegates also elected the bureau's member Thongsing Thammavong the chairman of the 6th tenure NA, according to Laos' news agency KPL.

The delegates elected a vice state president, four deputy prime ministers and two vice NA chairpersons. They approved the structure of the Lao government, which includes 16 ministries and agencies equivalent to ministries, and elected the NA's nine- member standing committee.

During the session which will last until June 17, they are to discuss issues on the NA's apparatus, its directions and duties in the 6th tenure, and operations of administrative agencies, the People's Supreme Court and the People's Supreme Procuracy.

The deputies are also to pass the amended law on the NA, the national 2006-2010 socioeconomic development plan, and the socioeconomic plan in the 2006-2007 fiscal year.

Source: Xinhua

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