President of Laos
|President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
ປະທານປະເທດ ແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ
Président du Laos
|Residence||Presidential Palace, Vientiane|
|Term length||Five years|
|Inaugural holder||Prince Souphanouvong|
|Formation||2 December 1975|
|Deputy||Vice President of Laos|
|Salary||1,170,000 Kip per month|
The president is elected by the National Assembly for a term of five years, with no term limits. A candidate must receive at least two-thirds support from lawmakers present and voting in order to be elected.
The president represents Laos internally and externally, supervises the work as well as preserving the stability of the national governmental system and safeguards the independence and territorial integrity of the country. The President appoints the prime minister, vice president, ministers and other officials with the consent of the National Assembly.
The head of state is the commander-in-chief of the Lao People's Armed Forces. Since Laos is a one-party state, with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party as the only legally permitted party, all the presidents of the People's Democratic Republic have been members of the party while holding office.
The current president is Bounnhang Vorachith, since 20 April 2016. He is also the General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, ranking him first in the Politburo hierarchy.
The office of the President of the People's Democratic Republic traces its lineage back to Prince Souphanouvong, the first President of the People's Democratic Republic, a member of the deposed royal family and one of the Three Princes, who became President when the former Kingdom of Laos was overthrow by the Pathet Lao in 1975, at the end of the Laotian Civil War.
- Political parties
List of presidentsEdit
|No.||President||Term of office||Political party||Prime minister|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|15 years, 256 days||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|| |
|4 years, 288 days||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
|1 year, 98 days||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|| |
|5 years, 91 days||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
|8 years, 104 days||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|| |
|9 years, 317 days||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|| |
|Incumbent||4 years, 276 days||Lao People's Revolutionary Party|| |
Living former presidentsEdit
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Presidents of Laos.|
- (in Japanese)Bouangeun Ounnalath. "Comparison on Salary System for Government between Lao PDR and Japan" (PDF). Retrieved 18 July 2019.
- "Ruling communists in Laos promote VP as country's new leader", Associated Press, 22 January 2016.