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Cablegate: New Central Committee Lineup

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PINR LA
SUBJECT: NEW CENTRAL COMMITTEE LINEUP

REF: Vientiane 275

Following is a list of the new 55-member Central
Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party
(LPRP) 8th Congress. Members are listed according to
their current rank, with previous rank at the Seventh
Party Congress in 2001 in parentheses or as "(new)."
The first 11 members are also members of the Politburo.
The listing of "previous positions" is not
comprehensive.

1. LTG Choummaly Sayasone (3)
Present position: Lao State Vice President (since
2001), Party Secretary General
Previous position:
-- Deputy Prime Minister
-- Minister of National Defense
-- Vice Minister of National Defense
Age: 69
Date of birth: June 3, 1936
Place of birth: Attapeu Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

2. Mr. Samane Viyaket (2)
Present position: President of the National Assembly
(since 1992)
Previous positions:
-- Minister of Education
-- Head of Party Central Committee Organization Board
-- Vice Minister of Defense
-- President of the National Election Committee for the National
Assembly Fourth Legislature
Age: 79
Date of birth: March 3, 1927
Place of birth: Attapeu Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

3. Mr. Thongsing Thammavong (4)
Current Position: Mayor of Vientiane Capital (since
2002)
Previous position:
-- Chairman of Party Organization Committee
-- Vice President of National Assembly
-- Minister of Information and Culture
Age: 61
Date of birth: April 12, 1944
Place of birth: Houaphan Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

4. Mr. Bounnhang Vorachit (6)
Current position: Prime Minister (since 2001)
Previous position:
-- Minister of Finance
-- Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for trade and
bilateral aid matters
-- Vientiane Mayor
-- Governor of Savannakhet province
Age: 68
Date of birth: August 15, 1937
Place of birth: Savannakhet
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

5. Mr. Sisavath Keobounphanh (7)
Current position: President of Lao Front for National
Construction (since 2001)
Previous position:
-- Prime Minister
-- Vice President of Lao PDR
-- Minister of Agriculture and Forestry
-- Mayor of Vientiane
-- Minister of Interior
-- Chief of Staff, Lao People's Army
-- Governor of Houaphanh province
Age: 77
Date of birth: May 1, 1928
Place of birth: Huay Kaleum Village, Sam Neua District,
Houaphan Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

6. Mr. Asang Laoly (8)
Current position: Deputy Prime Minister (Since 2002)
Previous position:
-- Minister of Interior
-- Deputy Minister of Interior for Intelligence
Age: 65
Date of birth: February 02, 1941
Place of birth: Phongsaly Province
Ehnicity: Akha

7. Mr. Bouasone Bouphavanh (11)
Present positions: Deputy Prime Minister (since 2002)
Previous position:
-- Permanent Politburo and Head of the Party Central Committee
Office (Chief of the Secretariat of the LPRP)
-- Co-Deputy Chief of Party Propaganda and Training Board and Chief
of Party Cabinet
-- Vice Minister to Prime Minister's Office
Age: 52
Date of birth: 1954
Place of birth: Saravane Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

8. Mr. Thongloun Sisoulith (9)
Present positions: Deputy Prime Minister (since 2001),
Chairman of the Committee for Planning & Investment,
National Assembly member
Previous position:
-- Member of National Assembly 4th Legislature, Member of Standing
Committee, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs to the
National Assembly
-- Minister of Labor and Social Welfare
-- Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Age: 60
Date of birth: November 11, 1945
Place of birth: Houaphan Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

9. MG Douangchay Phichit (10)
Present position: Minister of National Defense
Previous position:
-- Chief of General Staff Department, Ministry of National Defense
(MND)
-- Vice Minister, MND
-- Deputy Chief of General Staff
Age: 66
Date of birth: April 5, 1944
Place of birth: Attapeu
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

10. Mr. Somsavat Lengsavad (13)
Present positions: Deputy Prime Minister (since 2002),
Minister of Foreign Affairs (since 1993), President of
the National Commission for Mothers and Children (since
1993)
Previous position:
-- Chief, Cabinet of the Party Central Committee; Minister Attached
to the President's Office (Chief of Cabinet of the Council of
Ministers)
-- Ambassador to Bulgaria
-- Deputy-Chief of the Cabinet of the LPRP Central Committee and
Council of Ministers
-- Secretary to Lao People's Revolutionary Party Secretary Kaysone
Phomvihane
Age: 60
Date of birth: June 15, 1945
Place of birth: Luang Prabang
Ethnicity: Ethnic Chinese

11. Mrs. Pany Yathortou (21)
Present positions: Vice President of the National
Assembly (since 2001), Member of National Assembly
Previous position:
-- Member, 4th Legislature of National Assembly, Xieng Khouang
provincial electoral constituency
-- Member, Standing Committee, 4th National Assembly
-- Chairwoman of Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee, 4th National
Assembly
Age: 55
Date of birth: February 18, 1951
Place of birth: Xieng Khouang Province
Ethnicity: Hmong

12. Mr. Bounthong Chitmany (34)
Present position: Head of the Party Central Committee
Previous position: Governor of Oudomsai province
Age: 57
Date of birth: July 3, 1949
Place of birth: Bokeo Province
Ethnicity: Lamet

13. Mr. Sombat Yialiher (42)
Present position: Governor of Sayabouly Province (since
1999)
Previous position:
-- Deputy Governor, Sayaboury Province, Head of
Provincial Organization Division
Age: 50
Date of birth: September 16, 1956
Place of birth: Sayabouly
Ethnicity: Hmong

14. Mr. Thongbanh Seng-aphone (43)
Present position: Minister of Public Security (since
2005)
Previous position:
-- Governor, Borikhamxay Province
-- Deputy Governor, Bolikhamsai province
-- Managing Board of Steering Committee for Rural Development
-- Governor of Sieng Hon-Hongsa Special Zone
Age: 53
Date of birth: May 2, 1953
Place of birth: Bolikhamsay Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

15. Mr. Vongphet Saikeuyachongtoua (12)
Present positions: President of the Party Inspection
Authority (since 2001)
Previous position:
-- President, Party Central Committee Control Board
-- Member, National Assembly Standing Committee
-- Co-Vice President of National Assembly
Age: 66
Date of birth: September 15, 1939
Place of birth: Xieng Khouang Province
Ethnicity: Hmong

16. Mr. Bounheuang Douangphachanh (14)
Present position: Governor of Luang Prabang
1998 - Mayor, Vientiane Municipality
Previous position:
-- Mayor, Vientiane Municipality
-- Governor, Sayaboury Province
-- Head of Education Department, Luang Prabang Province
Age: 58
Date of birth: May 15, 1945
Place of birth: Luang Prabang
Ethnicity: Lao Theung

17. Mrs. Onechanh Thammavong (15)
Present position: President of the Lao Women's Union
(since 2001), member of the National Assembly
Previous position:
-- Member, 4th National Assembly, Savannakhet
-- Co-Vice President of 4th National Assembly
-- Member of Standing Committee, 4th National Assembly
Age: 53
Date of birth: May 13, 1953
Place of birth: Xieng Khouang Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

18. Mr. Chansy Phosikham (17)
Present position: Minister of Finance
Previous position:
-- Governor of Bank of Lao PDR
-- Governor of Luang Prabang province
Age: 58
Date of birth: March 18, 1948
Place of birth: Luang Prabang Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

19. Mr. Phimmasone Leuangkhamma (18)
Present position: Governor of Luang Namtha province
(since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Minister of Education
-- Acting Minister of Education
-- Vice Minister of Education
Age: 63
Date of birth: March 20, 1943
Place of birth: Sone Tai, Viengthong District, Houaphan
Province
Ethnicity: Thai Dam

20. Mr. Khampane Philavong (19)
Present position: Governor of Borikhamxay (since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Chief Public Prosecutor
-- Mayor of Vientiane Municipality
-- President of Lao Federation of Trade Unions
-- Governor of Xieng Khouang province
Age: 63
Date of birth: October 10, 1943
Place of birth: Xieng Khouang Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

21. Mr. Somphanh Phengkhammy (20)
Present position: Provincial Party Secretary, Xieng
Khouang province (since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Minister of Labor and Social Welfare
-- Governor of Houaphan Province
-- Deputy Governor, Houaphan Province
Age: 58
Date of birth: December 18, 1948
Place of birth: Houaphan Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

22. Mr. Saysomphone Phomvihane (22)
Present positions: Chairperson of Foreign Affairs
Committee, National Assembly, Member of National
Assembly
Previous position:
-- Minister to the Prime Minister's Office
-- Minister of Finance
-- Governor of Savannakhet Province
-- Deputy Governor, Savannakhet Province, in charge of Commerce and
External Relations Division
-- Is son of LPDR founder Kaysone Phomvihane
Age: 52
Date of birth: October 10, 1954
Place of birth: Viengxay District, Houaphan Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao and Vietnamese

23. Mr. Khammanh Sounvileuth (23)
Present position: Governor of Bokeo province
Previous position:
-- Governor, Phongsaly Province
-- Vice President, Party Central Committee Control
Board
Age: 54
Date of birth: April 12, 1952
Place of birth: Khoua District, Phongsaly Province
Ethnicity: Lao Theung

24. Mr. Mounkeo Oraboun (26)
Present position: Minister of Information and Culture
(since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Head of Central Party Propaganda and Training
Committee
-- Governor, Vientiane Province
-- Minister of Information and Culture
Age: 64
Date of birth: May 04, 1942
Place of birth: Vientiane Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

25. Mr. Somphet Thipmala (27)
Present position: Governor of Vientiane province (since
2005)
Previous position:
-- Governor, Xaysomboun Special Zone
-- Chief of Logistics Department, MND ranked Brigadier
General
Age: 66
Date of birth: August 15, 1940
Place of birth: Houaphan Province
Ethnicity: Phuan

26. Mr. Chaleun Yiapaoher (30)
Present positions: Director of National Organization
for the Study of Politics and Administration, member of
National Assembly
Previous position:
-- Deputy Head, Party Propaganda and Training Committee
-- Head of National Assembly Administrative Affairs
Office
Age: 54
Date of birth: September 15, 1951
Place of birth: Ban Nongkham, Sieng Khor District,
Houaphan Province
Ethnicity: Hmong

27. Mr. Soukanh Mahalath (31)
Present position: Governor of Champassak province
(since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Provincial Party Secretary, Xiengkhouang province
-- Minister of Finance
-- Governor of Bank of Lao PDR
Age: 52
Date of birth: June 7, 1954
Place of birth: Keng Kok Village, Champhone District,
Savannakhet Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

28. Mr. Soulivong Daravong (32)
Present position: Minister of Commerce (since 2002)
Previous position:
-- Minister of Industry and Handicraft
-- Acting Minister, Ministry of Industries and
Handicraft
-- Vice Minister, Ministry of Industries and Handicraft
Age: 57
Date of birth: May 1, 1949
Place of birth: Xieng Khouang Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

29. Mrs. Bounpheng Mounphosay (33)
Present positions: Head of Public Administration and
Civil Services Authority (since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Vice Minister of Education
-- Governor, Xieng Khouang Province
-- Member of National Assembly
Age: 58
Date of birth: September 1, 1948
Place of birth: Horkang VillAge, Muang Kham District,
Xieng Khouang Province
Ethnicity: Phuan

30. Mr. Phandouangchit Vongsa (37)
Present position: Deputy Chairman of the Party
Propaganda and Training Committee (since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Minister of Information and Culture
-- President, National Organization for Studies of Policy and
Administration (NOSPA)
-- Deputy Chief of the Party Propaganda and Training Committee
Age: 59
Date of birth: December 12, 1947
Place of birth: Ban Sopsan, Xieng Kho District,
Houaphan Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

31. Mr. Bounpone Bouttanavong (38)
Present Position: Governor of Oudomxay province (since
2002), Member of National Assembly
Previous position:
-- Secretary Executive Committee of the Lao Youth Union
(LYU)
-- Deputy Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary
Youth Union
-- President of the Lao-North Korea Friendship
Association
Age: 50
Date of birth: November 15, 1955
Place of birth: Phongsaly Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

32. Mr. Khamboun Douangpanya (40)
Present position: Governor of Xekong province (since
2003)
Previous position:
-- Deputy Governor, Sekong Province
Age: 56
Date of birth: April 12, 1950
Place of birth: Donchana Village, Lamam District,
Sekong Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

33. Mr. Soubanh Srithirath (48)
Present positions: Minister in the President's Office
(since 1998), President, Lao National Commission for
Drug Control and Supervision (Since 1990)
Previous position:
-- Deputy-Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Responsible for
International organizations Affairs, and Western and Developing
Countries,
-- President of the Lao National Committee on the border
demarcation with Myanmar
Age: 70
Date of birth: September 9, 1936
Place of birth: Muang Khong, Champassak Province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

34. BG Chanasamone Chanyalath (49)
Present position: Member of Party Committee of Ministry
of National Defense, Head of Political Committee for
Kaysone Phomvihane Defense Academy
Previous position:
-- Direct-General of Political Department, member of
Party Committee of Ministry of National Defense
Age: 60
Date of birth: March 01, 1946
Place of birth: Phongsaly province
Ethnicity: Middle land Lao (Laotheung)

35. Mr. Ponmek Dalaloy (51)
Present position: Minister of Public Health (since
1996)
Previous position:
-- Ambassador to Cuba
-- Ambassador to China
-- Vice Minister of Public Health
Age: 68
Date of birth: June 6, 1938
Place of birth: Luang Prabang
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

36. Mr. Venethong Luangvilay (52)
Present position: Minister to the Prime Minister's
Office
Previous positions:
-- President of Lao Federation of Trade Unions
-- Secretary of Lao Revolutionary Youth Union
-- Deputy Chief of Party Central Control Committee
Age: 60
Date of birth: December 10, 1946
Place of birth: Vang Vieng, Vientiane province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

37. Mr. Khampheuy Panmalaythong (new)
Present position: Party Secretary, Chief of Cabinet of
the Party Central Committee
Previous position:
-- Deputy Chief of Cabinet of the Party Central
Committee
Age: 48
Date of birth: November 27, 1958
Place of birth: Houaphan province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

38. Mr. Vilayvanh Phomkhe (new)
Present position: Provincial Party Secretary, Governor
of Savannakhet province (since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
-- Lao Ambassador to Vietnam
-- Deputy Minister to Prime Minister's Office
-- Head of the Party's Foreign Relations Committee
Age: 64
Date of birth: December 11, 1942
Place of birth: Savannakhet province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

39. Dr. Phankham Viphavanh (new)
Present position: Governor of Houaphanh province (since
2005)
Previous positions:
-- Deputy Minister to Prime Minister's Office
-- Lecturer at National University
Age: 54
Date of birth: April 4, 1951
Place of birth: Houaphanh province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

40. Mr. Khamsane Souvong (new)
Present position: Governor of Phongsaly province (since 2005)
Previous position:
-- Deputy Governor, Phongsaly province
-- Chairman of Phongsaly Drug Control and Supervision
Age: 53
Date of birth: September 1, 1953 53
Place of birth: Kieopok, Phongsaly district and province
Ethnicity: Phounoy

41. Dr. Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune (new)
Present position: Assistant Party Secretary, Deputy
Mayor of Vientiane Capital
Previous position:
-- Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister's Office
Age: 53
Date of birth: November 11, 1953
Place of birth: Savannakhet province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

42. MG Sengnuan Sayalath (new)
Present position: Assistant Party Secretary of the
Ministry of Defense, Party Committee Secretary for
General Political Department
Previous position: unknown
Age: 57
Date of birth: September 01, 1949
Place of birth: Savannakhet province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

43. Mr. Khamphanh Phommathat (new)
Present position: Governor of Sekong province
Previous positions:
-- Deputy Dean of National Organization for the Study
of Politics and Administration
Age: 51
Date of birth: July 03, 1955
Place of birth: Saravan
Ethnicity: Middle land Lao (Lao Theung)

44. Dr. Somkot Mangnomek (new)
Present position: Vice Minister of Education, Rector of
National University
Previous positions:
-- Dean of the Engineering and Architecture Faculty of
Lao National University
Age: 51
Date of birth: December 11, 1955
Place of birth: Siphom, Khoun district, Xieng Khouang
province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

45. Mr. Sonesay Siphandone (new)
Present position: Deputy Governor of Champassak
province (since 2005)
Previous positions:
-- Chief of Cabinet of Champassak province
-- Is son of former Party Secretary Khamtai
Age: 40
Date of birth: January 26, 1966
Place of birth: Houaphanh
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

46. Dr. Nam Viyaket (new)
Present position: Vice Minister of Industry and
Handicrafts (since 2005)
Previous positions:
-- Deputy Chief of State Auditing Committee
-- Is son of Politburo member Samane Viyaket
Age: 48
Date of birth: June 5, 1958
Place of birth: Ban Mai, Attapeu province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

47. Mr. Tongyerthor (new)
Present position: Vice President of National Front for
Construction (since 1996), member of 5th National
Assembly
Previous position:
-- Member of National Assembly 4th Legislature, representing
Houaphanh province
-- President of the Houaphanh Provincial Party-State Control Board
Age: 60
Date of birth: April 15, 1946
Place of birth: Houaphanh province
Ethnicity: Hmong

48. Mrs. Sisay Leudetmounsone (new)
Present position: Member of National Assembly,
President of Champassak Lao Women's Union
Previous positions:
-- Vice President of Champassak Lao Women's Union
Age: 48
Date of birth: March 8, 1959
Place of birth: Ban Naphai, Salavan province
Ethnicity: Katang

49. COL Sanyahak Phomvihane (new)
Present position: Director of Local Army Department,
Deputy Chief of Staff of Ministry of Defense, member of
5th National Assembly
Previous positions:
-- Chief of Staff of Fifth Division
-- Is son of LPDR founder Kaysone Phomvihane
Age: 38
Date of birth: June 16, 1968
Place of birth: Viengsai, Houaphanh province
Ethnicity: Lao and Vietnamese
50. Mr. Cheuang Sombounkhanh (new)
Present position: Chief of Cabinet of the Prime
Minister's Office
Previous position:
-- Vice President of the State Planning and Cooperation
Age: 51
Date of birth: March 05, 1955
Place of birth: Champassak province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

51. Dr. Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune (new)
Present position: Deputy Director of National
Organization for the Study of Politics and
Administration (NOSPA)
Previous position: unknown
Age: 49
Date of birth: August 11, 1957
Place of birth: Houaphan province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

52. Mr. Khambay Damlath (new)
Present position: Provincial Party Secretary, Governor
of Khammouane province (since 2003)
Previous position:
-- Deputy governor, Khammouane province
Age: 49
Date of birth: October 10, 1957
Place of birth: Khammouane province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

53. Mr. Sinay Mienglavanh (new)
Present position: Governor of Attapeu province
Previous position: unknown
Age: Over 47
Date of birth: July 15, 1959
Place of birth: Attapeu province
Ethnicity: Middle land Lao (Lao Theung)

54. Mr. Bosaikham Vongdara (new)
Present position: President of Lao Trade Unions (since
2003)
Previous position:
-- Vice-President of Lao Trade Unions
Age: 58
Date of birth: April 15, 1948
Place of birth: Phonsavanh, Pek district, Xiengkhouang
province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

55. Mr. Sommath Pholsena (new)
Present position: Vice Minister of Communication,
Transport, Posts and Construction
Previous position:
-- Director of Road and Bridge Department, MCTPC
Age: 53
Date of birth: August 26, 1953
Place of birth: Wat Ammath, Champassak district and
province
Ethnicity: Lowland Lao

Members of the 7th Party Congress Central Committee
removed from the 8th Party Congress Central Committee
were: Mr. Sileua Bounkham (16), Mr. Thongvang Sihachak
(24), Mr. Oneneua Phommachanh (25), Mr. Phoumi
Thipphavone (28), Mr. Bouathong Vonglokham (29), Mr.
Khamkeut Veunkham (39), Mr. Sengnyong Vongchanhkham
(41), Mr. Cheuying Vang (44), Mr. Le Kakanya (45), Mr.
Boualane Silipanya (46), Mr. Kenekham Senglathone (46),
Mr. Siane Saphangthong (47) and Mr. Siho Bannavong
(52).

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