Profile: President of Laos Choummaly Sayasone

09:31, June 16, 2011      

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General Secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party Choummaly Sayasone was elected to retain his position as President of Laos on Wednesday, the first day of the First Session of the seventh Lao National Assembly (NA).

Choummaly was first elected as President of Laos in 2006 during the previous tenure NA, Laos' parliamentary body.

The following are brief introductions to President of Laos Choummaly Sayasone:

Choummaly Sayasone was born on March 6, 1936, in Attapeu province in the south of the country.

Choummaly was elected as a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) at its third National Congress in 1982, and became an alternate member of the Politburo of the party's Central Committee and Secretary of the Secretariat of the Central Committee in 1986.

He was re-elected as a member of the Politburo of the Central Committee at the fifth, sixth and seventh Party Congress of the LPRP in 1991, 1996 and 2001 respectively.

Choummaly served for a time as Minister of Defense from August 1991 to March 1993. From Feb. 24, 1998 to March 2001, Choummaly held dual positions as Vice Prime Minister of Laos and Minister of Defense.

Choummaly became the Vice President of Laos from March 2001 to 2006.

He was elected as General Secretary of the LPRP on March 21 of 2006 by the Party's eighth Congress, succeeding Khamtai Siphandon, and subsequently succeeded Siphandon as President of Laos on June 8, 2006.

On March 21, 2011, he was re-elected as Secretary General of the Central Committee of the LPRP at the ninth Congress of the LPRP, followed by his re-election as Lao President on June 15, 2011.

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