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|General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
21 March 2006 – 22 January 2016
|Khamtai Siphandone (as Chairman)
|5th President of Laos
8 June 2006 – 20 April 2016
|3rd Vice President of Laos
27 March 2001 – 8 June 2006
|Minister of National Defence
15 August 1991 – 27 March 2001
6 March 1936
Attapeu, French Protectorate of Laos, French Indochina
|Lao People's Revolutionary Party
|Keosaychay Sayasone (m. 1993; died 2021)
Lieutenant General Choummaly Sayasone (Lao: ຈູມມະລີ ໄຊຍະສອນ; born 6 March 1936) is a Laotian politician who was General Secretary (supreme leader) of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and President of Laos (head of state) from 2006 to 2016.
Choummaly Sayasone was born in Attapeu. He joined the Party's Politburo in 1991 and was Minister of Defence from 1991 to 2001. Subsequently he was the third Vice President of Laos 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 Siphandone as de facto leader of Laos. He subsequently succeeded Siphandon as the 6th President of Laos on 8 June 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. He did not seek re-election to the LPRP Central Committee at the 10th LPRP Congress in January 2016, indicating his retirement. Bounnhang Vorachit was elected to succeed him as General Secretary on 22 January 2016.
On 4 April 2021, Sayasone and his family were on a yacht in Nam Ngum Lake, when there was a storm and the vessel capsized. Although initially feared dead, Sayasone survived, but nine people died, including his wife, Keosaychay Sayasone, and his son.
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