Communist Laos appoints new President, Prime Minister

The National Assembly of Laos elected the chief of the ruling Communist Party, Bounnhang Vorachit, as president in a transition of power necessitated by the completion of the maximum permissible 10 years in office by outgoing president Choummaly Sayasone.

Foreign minister Thongloun Sisoulith was elected prime minister. Phankham Viphavanh was appointed vice president, along with three deputy prime ministers: Bounthong Chitmany, Sonexay Siphandone and Somdy Douangdy. All were elected with two-thirds majorities by the National Assembly to serve a five-year term in office. 

Landlocked Laos has been exclusively ruled by the Communist Party since the end of the Vietnam War in 1973 and mirrors the communist government in Vietnam. It also shares a border with China, which is vying for influence with Vietnam in Laos. The Lao government remains aloof from its neighbours’ territorial disputes in the South China Sea. A country with a mostly rural population of 6.7 million, Laos’ economy has achieved annual GDP growth of 7% over the last decade, funded increasingly by natural resources.   
Extra info:
1. Laos is a Southeast Asian country traversed by the Mekong River and known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe settlements and Buddhist monasteries. Vientiane, the laid-back capital, is the site of That Luang, a reliquary reportedly housing the Buddha’s breastbone, plus the Patuxai war memorial and Talat Sao (Morning Market), a shopping complex jammed with food, clothes and craft stalls.
Vice president – Phankham Viphavanh
2. Laos currency – Lao kip
3. Laos capital  – Vientiane
So lets do:
1. Who is the President of Laos?
2. Who is the Prime minister of Laos?

Source the – Hindu


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