Thongloun Sisoulith

Thongloun Sisoulith (Lao: ທອງລຸນ ສີສຸລິດ; born 10 November 1945)[2] is a Laotian politician currently serving as General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and Prime Minister of Laos.[3]

Thongloun Sisoulith
ທອງລຸນ ສີສຸລິດ
Thongloun Sisoulith with Obamas cropped.jpg
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Assumed office
15 January 2021
DeputyKhamphanh Phommathat
(Standing Member)
Preceded byBounnhang Vorachith
Prime Minister of Laos
Assumed office
20 April 2016
PresidentBounnhang Vorachith
Preceded byThongsing Thammavong
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
8 June 2006 – 20 April 2016
Prime MinisterThongsing Thammavong
Bouasone Bouphavanh
President of the State Committee for Planning and Investment
In office
27 March 2001 – 8 June 2006
Prime MinisterBounnhang Vorachith
Preceded byBouathong Vonglokham
Succeeded bySoulivong Daravong
Personal details
Born (1945-11-10) 10 November 1945 (age 75)
Houaphanh Province, Laos
Political partyLao People's Revolutionary Party
Alma materPedagogical College of Neo Lao Hak Sat
Herzen University
Russian Academy of Sciences (Ph.D)[1]

Life and careerEdit

Sisoulith was born in the Houaphan province of Laos, and he studied at Pedagogical College of Neo Lao Hak Sat in Houaphan from 1962 to 1969. He was further educated in the Soviet Union and Vietnam. In addition to Lao, he speaks Vietnamese, Russian and English.[2]

Throughout his years in government he has an extensive list of appointments. He was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1987 to 1992, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare from 1993 to 1997, and a member of the National Assembly from 1998 to 2000. He became Deputy Prime Minister and President of the State Planning Committee on March 27, 2001,[4] and he was additionally appointed as Foreign Minister on June 8, 2006, replacing Somsavat Lengsavad. He was chosen to become Prime Minister of Laos at the 10th Party Congress on 23 January 2016.[5]

At the 11th congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (2021), he was elected the party's general secretary, and hence de facto leader of Laos.[3]


  1. ^ "19th International Conference on The Future of Asia".
  2. ^ a b "25th International Conference on The Future of Asia | Seeking a new global order -- Overcoming the chaos". Retrieved 2021-01-15.
  3. ^ a b Reuters Staff (Jan 15, 2021). "Laos Communist Party names PM Thongloun as new leader". Retrieved Jan 15, 2021 – via
  4. ^ "Laos new cabinet lineup", Asian Political News, April 2, 2001.
  5. ^ Ron Corben (24 January 2016). "Laos Undergoes Communist Party Leadership Change". Voice of America. Retrieved 27 January 2016.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Bounnhang Vorachith
General Secretary of the People's Revolutionary Party
Political offices
Preceded by
Thongsing Thammavong
Prime Minister of Laos