Laos Communist Party names PM Thongloun as new leader

Hello and welcome to the details of Laos Communist Party names PM Thongloun as new leader and now with the details

Nevin Al Sukari – Sana'a – Laos’ Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith attends the joint news conference of the Japan-Mekong Summit Meeting at the Akasaka Palace State Guest House in Tokyo, Japan October 9, 2018. — Reuters pic

VIENTIANE, Jan 15 — The Communist Party of Laos today named Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith as its new secretary general, replacing retiring chief Bounnhang Vorachit, state media reported as the long-ruling party wrapped up its three-day congress.

Thongloun, 75, was elected to a five-year term as head of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee —  the top post in the country.

Its party congress also chose 13 members of the Politburo, Laos’ top political body, and 71 party Central Committee members, it said.

Thongloun takes charge as the landlocked Southeast Asian country faces challenges from a potential debt default and the global impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on its fragile, US$18 billion (RM73 billion) economy.

Yesterday, Thongloun outlined a new five-year socio-economic plan targeting annual economic growth of four per cent up to 2025 and aims to reach annual average per capita income of US$2,887 in 2025, the Vientiane Times said.

The country of more than seven million people has a current per capita income of just over US$2,500, according to World Bank data.

As prime minister since 2016 and a former foreign minister, Thongloun has been the face of the country at international events and summits, including giving addresses to the United Nations General Assembly.

He is a veteran of the old guard of the party, which first came to power after communist fighters defeated a Western-backed government to form the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975.

The same party has been in power ever since, and Laos has traditionally mirrored neighbouring Vietnam’s political system, although China’s sway has grown in recent years. — Reuters

These were the details of the news Laos Communist Party names PM Thongloun as new leader for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at Malay Mail and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.