President of Laos

The President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic is the head of state of Laos.

President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
ປະທານປະເທດ ແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ
Président du Laos
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Bounnhang Vorachith

since 20 April 2016
ResidencePresidential Palace, Vientiane
AppointerNational Assembly
Term lengthFive years
Inaugural holderPrince Souphanouvong
Formation2 December 1975
DeputyVice President of Laos
Salary1,170,000 Kip per month[1]


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.[2]


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
Portrait Name
Took office Left office Time in office
1   Prince

2 December
15 August
15 years, 256 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party  
Kaysone Phomvihane
  Phoumi Vongvichit
ພູມີ ວົງວິຈິດ
Acting President[b]
31 October
15 August
4 years, 288 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
2   Kaysone Phomvihane
ໄກສອນ ພົມວິຫານ
15 August
21 November
1 year, 98 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party  
Khamtai Siphandon
3   Nouhak Phoumsavanh
ໜູຮັກ ພູມສະຫວັນ
25 November
24 February
5 years, 91 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
4   Khamtai Siphandon
ຄຳໄຕ ສີພັນດອນ
(born 1924)
24 February
8 June
8 years, 104 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party  
Sisavath Keobounphanh
Bounnhang Vorachith
5   Choummaly Sayasone
ຈູມມະລີ ໄຊຍະສອນ
(born 1936)
8 June
20 April
9 years, 317 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party  
Bouasone Bouphavanh
Thongsing Thammavong
6   Bounnhang Vorachith
ບຸນຍັງ ວໍລະຈິດ
(born 1937)
20 April
Incumbent 4 years, 276 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party  
Thongloun Sisoulith


  1. ^ Simultaneously served as the President of the Supreme People's Assembly from 1975 and 1988, and as the President of the Lao Front for National Construction from 1979 to 1986.
  2. ^ Acting for Souphanouvong. Simultaneously served as the President of the Lao Front for National Construction.

Living former presidentsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ (in Japanese)Bouangeun Ounnalath. "Comparison on Salary System for Government between Lao PDR and Japan" (PDF). Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Ruling communists in Laos promote VP as country's new leader", Associated Press, 22 January 2016.