Somsavat Lengsavad

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Somsavat Lengsavad
Deputy Prime Minister of Laos
In office
27 March 2001 – 20 April 2016
Prime MinisterThongsing Thammavong
Bouasone Bouphavanh
Bounnhang Vorachith
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
25 February 1993 – 8 June 2006
Prime MinisterBounnhang Vorachith
Sisavath Keobounphanh
Khamtai Siphandon
Preceded byPhoun Sipaseut
Succeeded byThongloun Sisoulith
Personal details
Born(1945-06-15)15 June 1945
Luang Prabang, Laos
Political partyLao People's Revolutionary Party

Somsavat Lengsavad (Lao: ສົມສະຫວາດ ເລັ່ງສະຫວັດ; born 15 June 1945) is a former Deputy Prime Minister of Laos. An ethnic Chinese, Chinese name: 凌绪光 (Lin Xuguang), who hails from Luang Prabang with ancestry from Hainan,[1] he was a protégé of Kaysone Phomvihane.

In 1961 he joined the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and fought in the Laotian Civil War.[2]

He became foreign minister in 1993 and served until 8 June 2006, when he was replaced by Thongloun Sisoulith.

Besides his native Lao, he is fluent in Standard Chinese.[3]


  1. ^ (in Chinese) 排除“祖籍”障碍 华裔首次当选老挝政治局委员
  2. ^ "Somsavat Lengsavad". World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2022-10-08.
  3. ^ "Land-locked Laos on track for controversial China rail link". Nikkei Asia. Retrieved 2020-11-05.