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    Laos Government - 1989

      Long-form name: Lao People's Democratic Republic

      Type: Communist state

      Capital: Vientiane

      Administrative divisions: 16 provinces (khoueng, singular and plural) and 1 municipality* (kampheng nakhon, singular and plural); Attapu, Bokeo, Bolikhamxai, Champasak, Houaphan, Khammouan, Louang Namtha, Louangphrabang, Oudomxai, Phongsali, Saravan, Savannakhet, Xekong, Vientiane, Vientiane*, Xaignabouri, Xiangkhoang

      Independence: 19 July 1949 (from France)

      Constitution: draft constitution under discussion since 1976

      Legal system: based on civil law system; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction

      National holiday: National Day (proclamation of the Lao People's Democratic Republic), 2 December (1975)

      Branches: president; Supreme People's Assembly; Cabinet; Cabinet is totally Communist but Council contains a few nominal neutralists and non-Communists; National Congress of People's Representatives established the current government structure in December 1975

      Leaders: @m5Chief of State--Acting President PHOUMI VONGVICHIT (since 29 October 1986); @m5Head of Government--Chairman of the Council of Ministers General KAYSONE PHOMVIHAN (designated Prime Minister on 2 December 1975 and title changed to Chairman in July 1982)

      Suffrage: universal over age 18

      Elections: first elections under the Laos People's Democratic Republic held 1988--district elections held in June 1988 and provincial elections in November 1988; national elections scheduled for March 1989

      Political parties and leaders: Lao People's Revolutionary Party (Communist), Kaysone Phomvihan, party chairman; includes Lao Patriotic Front and Alliance Committee of Patriotic Neutralist Forces; other parties moribund

      Other political or pressure groups: non-Communist political groups moribund; most leaders have fled the country

      Member of: ADB, Colombo Plan, ESCAP, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, IDA, IFAD, ILO, IMF, INTERPOL, IPU, IRC, ITU, Mekong Committee, NAM, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UPU, WFTU, WHO, WMO, WTO

      Diplomatic representation: First Secretary, Charge d'Affaires ad interim DONE SOMVORACHIT; Chancery at 2222 S Street NW, Washington DC 20008; telephone (202) 332-6416 or 6417; US--Charge d'Affaires Harriet W. ISOM; Embassy at Rue Bartholonie, Vientiane (mailing address is B. P. 114, Vientiane, or Box V, APO San Francisco 96346); telephone 2220, 2357, 2384

      Flag: three horizontal bands of red (top), blue (double width), and red with a large white disk centered in the blue band

      NOTE: The information regarding Laos on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Laos Government 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Laos Government 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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