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Laos

Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxôn Lao

Political Status: Fully independent constitutional monarchy proclaimed October 23, 1953; Communist-led people’s democratic republic established December 2, 1975; present constitution adopted August 14, 1991.

Area: 91, 428 sq. mi. (236, 800 sq. km.).

Population: 5, 621, 982 (2005C); 6, 437, 000 (2010E).

Major Urban Center (2005E): VIENTIANE (Viangchan, 730, 000).

Official Language: Lao (English is considered the business language in government circles).

Monetary Unit: New Kip (market rate November 1, 2010: 8, 010 new kips = $1US). The Thai baht also circulates.

President: CHOUMMALY SAYASONE; elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term on June 8, 2006, to succeed KHAMTAY SIPHANDONE.

Vice President: BOUNNHANG VORACHIT; elected by the National Assembly for a five-year term on June 8, 2006, to succeed CHOUMMALY SAYASONE.

Prime Minister: BOUASONE BOUPHAVANH; ...

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