Asang Laoly

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Asang Laoly
ອາຊາງ ລາວລີ
Deputy Prime Minister of Laos
In office
30 September 2002 – 20 April 2016
Prime MinisterThongsing Thammavong
Bouasone Bouphavanh
Boungnang Volachit
Personal details
Born (1941-02-02) 2 February 1941 (age 83)
Phongsaly Province, French protectorate of Laos
Political partyLao People's Revolutionary Party

Asang Laoly (Lao: ອາຊາງ ລາວລີ; born 2 February 1941) is a retired Lao politician, Major General, and member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP).[1][2] While he was the Deputy Prime Minister of Laos from 2002 to 2016, he also held a number of leadership positions in both the government and in LPRP.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Asang was born in Phongsaly Province[1] into a Lao Sung and Akha family.[5][6]


Asang was elected to the LPRP Central Committee at the 3rd National Congress in 1982 and retained a seat on the body until the 9th National Congress[citation needed] in 2011.[7] He was elected to the LPRP Politburo at the 6th National Congress in 1996 and was reelected in 2001 and 2006.[7][8][9][10][3] When the government changed in 2002, he was named the Deputy Prime Minister of Laos, a position he held until he retired in 2016.[3][7][9][8] He held the role of Minister of the Interior from 1988 until 2006,[7][11][2][1] when he moved into the role of Chair of the State Control Commission (also referred to as the National Regulatory Authority and the Ministry of Public Security.[7][1][3][12][10][13] He similarly served as the Director of the LPRP's Commission for Discipline Inspection.[9][8][14] He also chaired the National Environmental Committee starting in 2011 and focused on the importance of waterways.[15][16][17]

Despite retiring in 2016, Asang is still active within the LPRP and attends events in a representative capacity.[18]

Throughout his career, he was often the sole minority representation.[19]


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  11. ^ The Economist Intelligence Unit (1998). Country Report Cambodia Laos (PDF) (Report). International University of Japan. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  12. ^ "UXO Sector annual report 2010" (PDF). National Regulatory Authority. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  13. ^ "Vietnamese airlines requested to equip with Mode S transponders". Vietnam Net Global. 2021-03-25. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  14. ^ "State inspectors reveal administration lapses" (PDF). Ramsar. Vientiane Times. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  15. ^ "Second Environmental Ministers meeting agree to further co-operation". University of California, Riverside. KPL News. 2008-01-29. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  16. ^ "National adaptation programme of action to climate change" (PDF). United Nations Framework Convention Climate Change. 2009. Retrieved 2021-07-27.
  17. ^ "Clearing cluster munition remnants" (PDF). Norwegian People's Aid. 2015. Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  18. ^ "Vientiane ceremony marks 60 years of Vietnam's public security expert force in Laos". VietnamPlus. 2021-03-24. Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  19. ^ "Situation of the ethnic and religious minorities in the Lao People's Democratic Republic" (PDF). Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme & Mouvement Lao pour les Droits de l'Homme. 2005. Retrieved 2021-07-27.