Communist Laos appoints new president, prime minister

Posted on:21 Apr 2016 17:51:21

Communist Laos appoints new president, prime minister
21 April 2016 Current Affairs: Laos's National Assembly on Wednesday appointed Communist Party chief Bounnhang Vorachit as the country's new president and named foreign minister Thongloun Sisoulith as prime minister.The picks are seen by many analysts as a continuation of the status quo in secretive Laos, where the communists have ruled since the end of the Vietnam War.State television broadcast a meeting of the single-chamber National Assembly, at which lawmakers listed the virtues of Bounnhang, who was appointed Communist Party leader in January.

The National Assembly has approved Bounnhang Vorachit as president, with more than two-thirds of the votes.The 149-member assembly completed the process of nomination and voting for both candidates in around an hour.

One of the fastest-growing economies in East Asia, landlocked Laos has averaged GDP growth of 7 percent over the past decade, with increasing use of natural resources contributing a third of output growth,  the World Bank says.This has boosted incomes and access to electricity, telecoms and healthcare for its mostly rural population of 6.7 million.


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