Country Report Laos June 2009

Political structure

Official name

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Form of state

One-party rule

The executive

The Council of Ministers is the highest executive body; the vice-chairmen of the council (deputy prime ministers) oversee the work of ministers; all members of the council are appointed by the chairman of the Council of Ministers (the prime minister)

Head of state

The president, Choummaly Sayasone

National legislature

A unicameral National Assembly, which was expanded to 115 seats following the 2006 election

National elections

The last National Assembly election took place in April 2006; the next is due in 2011

National government

The Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) dominates the government and bureaucracy

Main political organisations

Lao Front for National Reconstruction (LFNR), an umbrella organisation, the main component of which is the LPRP

Main members of Council of Ministers

Prime minister: Bouasone Bouphavanh

Deputy prime ministers:

;Somsavat Lengsavad

;Thongloun Sisoulith

;Asang Laoly

;Douangchay Phichith

Key ministers

Agriculture & forestry: Sitaheng Rasaphone

Defence: Douangchay Phichith

Education: Somkot Mangnormek

Energy & mining: Soulivong Daravong

Finance: Somdy Douangdy

Foreign affairs: Thongloun Sisoulith

Industry & commerce: Nam Viyaketh

Information & culture: Mounkeo Oraboun

Justice: Chaleuan Yiapaoheu

Labour & social welfare: Onechanh Thammavong

National post & telecommunications: Khamlouat Sidlakone

Planning & investment: Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune

Public health: Ponmek Dalaloy

Public works & transport: Sommat Pholsena

Security: Thongbanh Sengaphone

Water resources & environment: Khampheng Pholsena

Central bank governor

Phouphet Khamphoungvong

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