2nd Politburo of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party

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Meeting of the 2nd Politburo circa 1972.

The 2nd Politburo of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP), officially the Political Bureau of the 2nd Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, was elected in 1972 by the 1st Plenary Session of the 2nd Central Committee, in the immediate aftermath of the 2nd National Congress.[1]

The 2nd Politburo witnessed dramatic debates on the topic of the transition to socialism, planned economic activity verus market relations and how to construct a people's democratic dictatorship.[2] The Politburo was divideded between reformers such as Kaysone Phomvihane, who were influenced by economic reforms in China and Vietnam, and the followers of Nouhak Phoumsavan that wanted to strengthen state-control and supported a traditional planned economy based on the Soviet model.[2]


Rank Name Akson Lao 3rd POL Birth Death Gender
1 Kaysone Phomvihane ໄກສອນ ພົມວິຫານ Reelected 1924 1992 Male
2 Nouhak Phoumsavan ໜູຮັກ ພູມສະຫວັນ Reelected 1920 2008 Male
3 Souphanouvong ສຸພານຸວົງ Reelected 1909 1995 Male
4 Phoumi Vongvichit ພູມີ ວົງວິຈິດ Reelected 1909 1994 Male
5 Khamtai Siphandone ຄໍາໄຕ ສີພັນດອນ Reelected 1924 Male
6 Phoun Sipaseut ພູນ ສີປະເສີດ Reelected 1920 1994 Male
7 Sisomphon Lovansay ສີສົມພອນ ລໍວັນໄຊ Reelected 1916 1993 Male



  1. ^ Brown & Zasloff 1977, p. 108.
  2. ^ a b Yamada 2018, p. 721–5.
  3. ^ Thayer 1983, p. 49–51.
  4. ^ Stuart-Fox 2008, pp. 405–6.
  5. ^ "ກອງປະຊຸມໃຫຍ່ ຄັ້ງທີ II ຂອງພັກ (3–6/2/1972)" [2nd Party Congress (3–6/2/1972)]. Lao News Agency. Archived from the original on 19 July 2020. Retrieved 2 April 2021.



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