Lao Parliament elects Thongloun as new president

VIENTIANE (XINHUA) – The ongoing inaugural session of the ninth legislature of the Lao National Assembly (NA) yesterday morning elected general secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee Thongloun Sisoulith as the country’s new President, replacing Bounnhang Vorachit.

After assuming the presidency, Thongloun vowed to actively work with the LPRP, the state leaders and the Lao people to create favourable conditions for stability, national economic growth and poverty reduction in the country.

He also promised to respect the constitution and the laws as well as to protect the legitimate interests of the Lao people.

The inauguration session held in Lao capital Vientiane also elected member of the Political Bureau of the LPRP Central Committee Phankham Viphavanh as the new Prime Minister of Laos. The Lao Parliament also elected member of the Political Bureau of the LPRP Central Committee Xaysomphone Phomvihane as president of the NA.

Newly elected Lao President Thongloun Sisoulith addresses the inaugural session of the ninth legislature of the Lao National Assembly in Vientiane, Laos. PHOTO: XINHUA