|General Secretary of the |
Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
|Lao People's Revolutionary Party|
|Term length||5 years|
|Formation||22 March 1955|
|First holder||Kaysone Phomvihane|
General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party is the office of the highest-ranking member of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP). Since the party's takeover in 1975, its leader has been the supreme leader of Laos. The General Secretary is also the Chairman of the Defense and Public Security Commission, the commander-in-chief of the Lao People's Armed Forces. From 1991 to 2006, the office was titled Chairman of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party. The Party's Central Committee elects the General Secretary. The General Secretary usually also becomes President of Laos eventually, though from 1975 to 1991 and from 1992 to 1998 he was usually Prime Minister.
|Term of office||Central Committee(s)|
|Took office||Left office||Time in office|
|22 March 1955||29 March 1991||36 years, 7 days||I–II–III–IV|
|29 March 1991||21 November 1992||1 year, 237 days||V|
|24 November 1992||21 March 2006||13 years, 117 days||V–VI–VII|
|21 March 2006||22 January 2016||9 years, 307 days||VIII–IX|
|22 January 2016||15 January 2021||4 years, 359 days||X|
|15 January 2021||Incumbent||2 years, 255 days||XI|
- These numbers are not official.