Laos: Parliament appoints new prime minister

Laos: Parliament appoints new prime minister

MISE À DAY

Laos' parliament has overwhelmingly elected a new prime minister, after the previous leader resigned for health reasons, state television reported on Friday. 

Sonexay Siphandone, who was Deputy Prime Minister, garnered 149 out of 151 votes to become the new head of government in this small, impoverished Southeast Asian country. < /p>

“I will carry the revolutionary spirit to a higher level”, he declared in front of the Communist deputies. Laos has been a one-party socialist republic since the fall of the monarchy in 1975. 

Mr. Siphandone replaces Phankham Viphavanh, 71, who resigned citing health concerns. 

“At a time when the country is going through more and more difficulties, I am no longer in able to take on this heavy burden,” said the latter, who came to power in March 2021. 

Laos has faced significant economic challenges this year, including a shortage of oil and galloping inflation.