General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party

General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party is the office of the highest-ranking member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP). Since the party's takeover in 1975, its leader has been the de facto leader of Laos. The General Secretary is also the Chairman of the Defense and Public Security Commission, the commander-in-chief of the Lao People's Armed Forces. From 1991 to 2006, the office was titled Chairman of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party.

General Secretary of the
Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
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Incumbent
Thongloun Sisoulith

since 15 January 2021
AppointerCentral Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Term length5 years
Inaugural holderKaysone Phomvihane
Formation22 March 1955

The Party's Central Committee elects the General Secretary. The General Secretary usually also becomes President of Laos eventually, though from 1975 to 1991 and from 1992 to 1998 he was usually Prime Minister.

OfficeholdersEdit

No.
[note 1]
Title Name
(birth–death)
Took office Left office Central Committee Portrait
1 General Secretary Kaysone Phomvihane
(1920–1992)
22 March 1955 29 March 1991 1st–4th Central Committee
(1955–1991)
 
Chairman 29 March 1991 21 November 1992 5th Central Committee
(1991–1996)
2 Chairman Khamtai Siphandon
(born 1924)
24 November 1992 21 March 2006 5th–7th Central Committee
(1991–2006)
 
3 General Secretary Choummaly Sayasone
(born 1936)
21 March 2006 22 January 2016 8th–9th Central Committee
(2006–2016)
 
4 General Secretary Bounnhang Vorachith
(born 1938)
22 January 2016 15 January 2021 10th Central Committee
(2016–2021)
 
5 General Secretary Thongloun Sisoulith
(born 1945)
15 January 2021 Incumbent 11th Central Committee
(2021–2026)
 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ These numbers are not official.