Prime Minister of Laos

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Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic
ນາຍົກລັດຖະມົນຕີ ແຫ່ງ ສປປ ລາວ
Président du Conseil des ministres du Laos
Emblem of Laos.svg
Thongloun Sisoulith with Obamas cropped.jpg
Incumbent
Thongloun Sisoulith

since 20 April 2016
NominatorBounnhang Vorachit
AppointerNational Assembly
Term lengthFive years
Inaugural holderPrince Phetsarath Ratanavongsa
Formation21 August 1941

The prime minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic is the head of government of Laos. It is the highest office within the Central Government.

List[change | change source]

No. Prime Minister Term of office Political party Head of state
(Reign/Tenure)
Portrait Name
(Lifespan)
Took office Left office Time in office
Kingdom of Laos
1 Prince Phetsarath.jpg Prince
Phetsarath Ratanavongsa

ເຈົ້າເພັດຊະລາດ ລັດຕະນະວົງ
(1890–1959)[a]
21 August
1941[1]
10 October
1945
4 years, 50 days Non-partisan Sisavang Vong roi de Luang Prahang.jpg
King
Sisavang Vong
(1904–1945)
Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg Phaya Khammao
(1911–1984)
Chairman of the Provisional Government[b]
12 October
1945
23 April
1946
193 days Lao Issara Prince Phetsarath.jpg
Prince
Phetsarath Ratanavongsa
(1945–1946)
2 Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg Prince
Kindavong

(1900–1951)
23 April
1946
15 March
1945
326 days Non-partisan Sisavang Vong roi de Luang Prahang.jpg
King
Sisavang Vong
(1946–1959)
3 Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg Prince
Souvannarath

(1893–1960)
15 March
1947
25 March
1948
1 year, 10 days Non-partisan
4 Boun Oum 1971.jpg Prince
Boun Oum

ບຸນອຸ້ມ ນະ ຈຳປາສັກ
(1912–1980)
25 March
1948
24 February
1950
1 year, 305 days Non-partisan
5 Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg Phoui Sananikone
ຜຸຍ ຊະນະນິກອນ
(1903–1983)
24 February
1950
15 October
1951
1 year, 233 days Independent Party
6 Savang Vatthana 1959.jpg Crown Prince
Sisavang Vatthana

ເຈົ້າສີສະຫວ່າງວັດທະນາ
(1907–1978/1984)
15 October
1951
21 November
1951
37 days Non-partisan
7 JFKWHP-AR7382-B (cropped).jpg Prince
Souvanna Phouma

ເຈົ້າສຸວັນນະພູມາ
(1901–1984)
21 November
1951
25 October
1954
2 years, 338 days National Progressive Party
8 Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg Katay Don Sasorith
ກະຕ່າຍ ໂດນສະໂສລິດ
(1904–1959)
25 October
1954
21 March
1956
1 year, 148 days National Progressive Party
(7) JFKWHP-AR7382-B (cropped).jpg Prince
Souvanna Phouma

ເຈົ້າສຸວັນນະພູມາ
(1901–1984)
21 March
1956
17 August
1958
2 years, 149 days National Progressive Party
(5) Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg Phoui Sananikone
ຜຸຍ ຊະນະນິກອນ
(1903–1983)
17 August
1958
31 December
1959
1 year, 136 days Lao People's Rally
Savang Vatthana 1959.jpg
King
Sisavang Vatthana
(1959–1975)
Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg General
Sounthone Pathammavong

(1911–1985)
Army Chief of Staff
31 December
1959
7 January
1960
7 days Committee for the Defence of National Interests /
FAR (ARL)
9 Kou Abhay.jpg Kou Abhay
(1892–1964)
7 January
1960
3 June
1960
148 days Non-partisan
10 Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg Prince
Somsanith Vongkotrattana

ເຈົ້າສົມສະນິດ ວົງກົຕຣັຕນະ
(1913–1975)
3 June
1960
15 August
1960
73 days Committee for the Defence of National Interests
(7) JFKWHP-AR7382-B (cropped).jpg Prince
Souvanna Phouma

ເຈົ້າສຸວັນນະພູມາ
(1901–1984)[c]
30 August
1960
13 December
1960
105 days Lao People's Rally
Royal Seal of the Kingdom of Laos.svg Quinim Pholsena
ກິນິມ ພົນເສນາ
(1915–1963)
(not recognized)
11 December
1960
13 December
1960
2 days Peace and Neutrality Party
(4) Boun Oum 1971.jpg Prince
Boun Oum

ບຸນອຸ້ມ ນະ ຈຳປາສັກ
(1912–1980)
13 December
1960
23 June
1962
1 year, 192 days Non-partisan
(7) JFKWHP-AR7382-B (cropped).jpg Prince
Souvanna Phouma

ເຈົ້າສຸວັນນະພູມາ
(1901–1984)
23 June
1962
2 December
1975
13 years, 162 days Lao Neutralist Party
Lao People's Democratic Republic
11 Kaysone Phomvihane 1978.jpg Kaysone Phomvihane
ໄກສອນ ພົມວິຫານ
(1920–1992)
8 December
1975
15 August
1991
15 years, 250 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party Souphanouvong1978.jpg
President
Prince
Souphanouvong

(1975–1991)
Emblem of Laos 1975-1991.svg
Acting President
Phoumi Vongvichit
(1986–1991)
12 Khamtai Siphandon.jpg Khamtai Siphandon
ຄຳໄຕ ສີພັນດອນ
(born 1924)
15 August
1991
24 February
1998
6 years, 193 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party Kaysone Phomvihane 1978.jpg
President
Kaysone Phomvihane
(1991–1992)
Emblem of Laos.svg
President
Nouhak Phoumsavanh
(1992–1998)
13 Sisavath Keobounphanh
ສີສະຫວາດ ແກ້ວບຸນພັນ
(1928-2020)
24 February
1998
27 March
2001
3 years, 31 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party Khamtai Siphandon.jpg
President
Khamtai Siphandon
(1998–2006)
14 Bounnhang Vorachit.JPG Bounnhang Vorachith
ບຸນຍັງ ວໍລະຈິດ
(born 1938)
27 March
2001
8 June
2006
5 years, 73 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
15 Bouasone.jpg Bouasone Bouphavanh
ບົວສອນ ບຸບຜາວັນ
(born 1954)
8 June
2006
23 December
2010
4 years, 198 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party Choummaly Sayasone.jpg
President
Choummaly Sayasone
(2006–2016)
16 Thongsing Thammavong 2012.jpg Thongsing Thammavong
ທອງສິງ ທຳມະວົງ
(born 1944)
23 December
2010
20 April
2016
5 years, 119 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party
17 Thongloun Sisoulith with Obamas cropped.jpg Thongloun Sisoulith
ທອງລຸນ ສີສຸລິດ
(born 1946)
20 April
2016
Incumbent 4 years, 206 days Lao People's Revolutionary Party Bounnhang Vorachit.JPG
President
Bounnhang Vorachit
(2016–)

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Under a Japanese puppet state after 8 April 1945. Proclaimed Head of State by Lao Issara on 12 October 1945.
  2. Until 25 October 1949 in exile in Bangkok, Thailand.
  3. From 9 December 1960 in exile in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

References[change | change source]

  1. Evans, Grant (2002). A Short history of Laos, the land in between (PDF). Allen & Unwin.