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Mr Bounnhang Vorachit ( right ) shakes hands with Mr Choummaly Sayasone before presenting flowers to thank the President for his significant contribution to national liberation, development and protection.

10th Congress elects new Party leadership

The 10th Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party ended yesterday after electing a new Party Central Committee, new Secretary General of the 10th Party Central Committee, and Politburo members.

The 69-member Party Central Committee was elected on Thursday by 685 Party members, who represented 252,879 Party members across the country in attending the five-day national congress that took place at the National Convention Centre.

In its first meeting which convened yesterday, the new Party Central Committee elected Mr Bounnhang Vorachit as Secretary General of the 10th Party Central Committee, replacing Mr Choummaly Sayasone who had assumed office as the Party Chief for two terms.

The 10th Party Central Committee elected 11 Politburo members, namely: Mr Bounnhang Vorachit, Mr Thongloun Sisoulith, Ms Pany Yathotou, Dr Bounthong Chitmany, Mr Phankham Viphavanh, Mr Chansy Phosikham, Dr Xaysomphone Phomvihane, Lt. Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath, Dr Khamphanh Phommathat, Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune, and Dr Sonexay Siphandone.

Nine were elected as members of the Secretariat of the 10th Party Central Committee, namely: Mr Bounnhang Vorachit, Dr Bounthong Chitmany, Mr Phankham Viphavanh, Mr Chansy Phosikham, Dr Khamphanh Phommathat, Lt. Gen. Sengnouan Xayalath, Prof. Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, Major General Somkeo Silavong, and Major General Vilay Lakhamfong. Mr Phankham Viphavanh was elected as Standing Committee Member of the Secretariat.

Dr Bounthong Chitmany was elected as President of the Inspection Committee of the Party Central Committee and eight members were elected as his deputies.

The election results were included in the resolution adopted by the 10th Congress, which was unanimously approved by congress participants.

In his remarks at the closing ceremony of the congress, Secretary General Bounnhang Vorachit described the outcome of the congress as ‘successful as expected'.

He said that all the elected members were qualified as most of them had been tested on the battlefield during the struggle for national liberation, while the rest had been tested through their work in national development and protection tasks.

The 10th Congress approved a political report on the performance of the leadership of the 9th Party Central Committee in implementing the resolution of the 9th Congress over the past five years, especially the progress made in all-round national development and protection.

Participants also reviewed shortcomings resulting from the fact that some goals set in the resolution adopted by the 9th Congress had not been achieved, and discussed ways to address the situation.

The congress has entrusted the new Party Central Committee to play a leading role in realising the resolution of the 10th Congress.

The congress agreed with the goals set under the 8th national five-year socio-economic development plan (2016-2020) which aim to ensure that Laos graduates from least developed country status by 2020.

The congress also agreed with the goals set under the 10-year socio-economic development strategy (2016-2025) and 15-year vision until 2030, which aim to further develop Laos so that it becomes an upper middle income country by 2030.

The congress assigned the 10th Party Central Committee to play a leading role in striving to achieve these goals.

Secretary General Bounnhang said the consensus made at the congress to attain these goals reflected the fact that the Party attached great importance to meeting the needs of the multiethnic people.

“We clearly see that the guidelines and policies that the 10th Congress has approved will continue to nurture and enhance the renovation guidelines, to be realised in line with the circumstances of our country,” he said.

The guidelines and policies are aimed at creating a firm foundation for Laos to move towards prosperity and socialism.

Mr Bounnhang called on all Party Central Committee members to uphold their responsibilities and leadership roles and work hard to realise the resolution of the 10th Congress.

The congress also approved an amendment to the Party Statute.

Mr Bounnhang praised Mr Choummaly Sayasone, Mr Thongsing Thammavong, Mr Asang Laoly and Mr Somsavat Lengsavad – the four Politburo members who did not stand for election - for their significant contribution to national liberation and development and protection tasks throughout their journey over the past decades.


By Souksakhone Vaenkeo
(Latest Update January 23, 2016)

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