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  • Lieutenant General Choummaly Sayasone Shiavong is a Laotian politician who has been President of Laos and General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party since 2006. Choummaly was born in Attapu. He joined the Party's Politburo in 1991 and served as Minister of Defence from 1991 to 2001. Subsequently he was Vice President from 2001 to 2006. He was elected as the LPRP's General Secretary on 21 March 2006, in the aftermath of the Party's 8th Congress, by the first plenum of the eighth Central Committee, succeeding Khamtai Siphandon. He subsequently succeeded Siphandon as President of Laos on June 8, 2006. In March 2011, he was reelected to his position as the LPRP's General Secretary at the 9th LPRP Congress. In June 2011, he was re-elected as President of Laos at the seventh National Assembly.

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