Bounnhang Vorachith

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Bounnhang Vorachith
ບຸນຍັງ ວໍລະຈິດ
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President of Laos
Assumed office
20 April 2016
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
Vice President Phankham Viphavanh
Preceded by Choummaly Sayasone
General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Assumed office
22 January 2016
Preceded by Choummaly Sayasone
Vice President of Laos
In office
8 June 2006 – 20 April 2016
President Choummaly Sayasone
Preceded by Choummaly Sayasone
Succeeded by Phankham Viphavanh
Prime Minister of Laos
In office
27 March 2001 – 8 June 2006
President Khamtai Siphandon
Preceded by Sisavath Keobounphanh
Succeeded by Bouasone Bouphavanh
Personal details
Born (1938-08-15) 15 August 1938 (age 78)
Savannakhet Province, Laos
Political party Lao People's Revolutionary Party

Bounnhang Vorachith (Lao: ບຸນຍັງ ວໍລະຈິດ; born August 15, 1938) is a Laotian politician who has been General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (de facto leader) and President of Laos (de jure head of state) since 2016. Previously he served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1996 to 2001, as Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006, and as Vice President of Laos from 2006 to 2016.

He became Vice President on June 8, 2006, when Bouasone Bouphavanh was appointed as Prime Minister.

At the 10th Congress of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, he was elected to succeed Choummaly Sayasone as General Secretary on 22 January 2016, effectively making him the supreme leader of Laos.[1]

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Choummaly Sayasone
General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Sisavath Keobounphanh
Prime Minister of Laos
2001–2006
Succeeded by
Bouasone Bouphavanh
Preceded by
Choummaly Sayasone
Vice President of Laos
2006–2016
Succeeded by
Phankham Viphavanh
Political offices
Preceded by
Choummaly Sayasone
President of Laos
2016–present
Incumbent
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Najib Razak
Chair of ASEAN
2016
Succeeded by
Rodrigo Duterte