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
Emblem of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
|Appointer||Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
|Term length||5 years|
|Inaugural holder||Kaysone Phomvihane|
|Formation||22 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.
|Took office||Left office||Central Committee||Portrait|
|1||General Secretary||Kaysone Phomvihane
|22 March 1955||29 March 1991||1st–4th Central Committee
|Chairman||29 March 1991||21 November 1992||5th Central Committee|
|24 November 1992||21 March 2006||5th–7th Central Committee
|3||General Secretary||Choummaly Sayasone
|21 March 2006||22 January 2016||8th–9th Central Committee
|4||General Secretary||Bounnhang Vorachith
|22 January 2016||15 January 2021||10th Central Committee
|5||General Secretary||Thongloun Sisoulith
|15 January 2021||Incumbent||11th Central Committee
- These numbers are not official.