President of Laos

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President of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
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Bounnhang Vorachith 2016 (cropped).jpg
Bounnhang Vorachith

since 20 April 2016
Appointer National Assembly
Term length Five years
Inaugural holder Prince Souphanouvong
Formation 2 December 1975
Deputy Vice President of Laos
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This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
the Lao People's Democratic Republic

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


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 Army. Since Laos is a one-party state, with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party being the sole party allowed by the constitution, all the presidents of the People's Democratic Republic have been members of the party while holding office.

The current president is Bounnhang Vorachit, since 20 April 2016. He is also the General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, making him ranked 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, 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 Presidents of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (1975–present)

No. Portrait Name
Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office Time in Office
1 Souphanouvong1978.jpg Souphanouvong
2 December 1975 15 August 1991 15 years, 256 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Phoumi Vongvichit.png Phoumi Vongvichit
Acting President
(for Souphanouvong)
31 October 1986 15 August 1991 4 years, 288 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
2 Kaysone Phomvihane 1978.jpg Kaysone Phomvihane
15 August 1991 21 November 1992 1 year, 98 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
3 Nouhak Phoumsavan.jpg Nouhak Phoumsavanh
25 November 1992 24 February 1998 5 years, 91 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
4 Sultan of Brunei with Khamtay Siphandone (cropped).png Khamtai Siphandon
24 February 1998 8 June 2006 8 years, 104 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
5 Choummaly Sayasone.jpg Choummaly Sayasone
8 June 2006 20 April 2016 9 years, 317 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
6 Bounnhang Vorachith 2016 (cropped).jpg Bounnhang Vorachith
20 April 2016 Incumbent 2 years, 118 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party

Living former presidents

See also


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