Somsanith Vongkotrattana

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Prince Somsanith Vongkotrattana
ເຈົ້າສົມສະນິດ ວົງກົຕຣັຕນະ
10th Prime Minister of Laos
In office
3 June 1960 – 15 August 1960
MonarchSisavang Vatthana
Preceded byKou Abhay
Succeeded byPrince Souvanna Phouma
Personal details
Born19 April 1913
Luang Phrabang, Laos
Luang Phrabang, Laos
Political partyCommittee for the Defence of the National Interests
ProfessionPrime Minister

Prince Somsanith Vongkotrattana (Lao: ເຈົ້າສົມສນິດ ວົງກົຕຣັຕນະ; 19 April 1913 – 1975)[1] was the Prime Minister of Laos in 1960.

He was born in Luang Prabang, Laos. His mother, Sanghiemkham, was one of Prince Bounkhong daughters, married Souvannarath, would late become Prime Minister, making Prince Souvanna Phouma, Prince Souphanouvong, Prince Phetsarath and Prince Kindavong his step uncles.

He was the minister of interior and justice in the Lao Issara government from 1945 to 1946, and followed the cabinet into exile in Thailand 1946-1949.[2] Following his return to Laos, he was appointed as minister of finance (1959-1960) and minister of justice. He was appointed as Prime Minister of Laos by the king in June 1960, and his government was overthrown later in 1960.[2]

He was elected President of National Assembly from 1961 to 1963.[2]


  1. ^ Stuart-Fox, Martin; Historical Dictionary of Laos; Plymouth UK ²2008, ISBN 978-0-8108-5624-0
  2. ^ a b c Stuart-Fox, Martin. "Historical Dictionary of Laos". ISBN 978-0-8108-5624-0.
Political offices
Preceded by Prime Minister of Laos
3 June 1960 – 15 August 1960
Succeeded by