(From AFP)

Laos’ communist rulers have chosen Vice President Bounnhang Vorachith to steer the single-party government, as it assumes a year-long chairmanship of the ASEAN regional bloc.

Bounnhang Vorachith

Bounnhang, 78, was selected for the top position of party secretary-general, state media reported on Friday, replacing 79-year-old Choummaly Sayasone, who stepped down after a decade in power.

Bounnhang, whose promotion to secretary-general of the Communist Party was anticipated by analysts, is expected to maintain the government’s status quo.

Laos political leaders have tightly controlled the Southeast Asian nation since 1975, when communist revolutionaries overthrew the monarchy several decades after the end of French colonial rule. Read More

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