Though an extremely poor nation, Laos’s scenic beauty is heavenly. Perhaps that is where the opium of the golden triangle is grown.
Laos picks new Communist Party leaders as top bosses exit
Laos’s Communist Party chose veteran Bounnhang Vorachit to be its new leader on Friday and elected a new 11-member politburo at the end of a five-yearly congress that saw the exits of several high-profile politicians.
REUTERS: Laos’s Communist Party chose veteran Bounnhang Vorachit to be its new leader on Friday and elected a new 11-member politburo at the end of a five-yearly congress that saw the exits of several high-profile politicians.
Bounnhang, the current vice president, won the leadership vote and five new faces joined the elite politburo as outgoing party chief and president, Choummaly Sayasone, Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong and two deputy premiers made way.
The selection of Bounnhang, 78, was anticipated by experts, who see a continuation of a status quo in which power is tightly controlled by the party while pursuing strong economic expansion, which has averaged 7.8 percent since 2011.
Other news from Laos:
2 Chinese nationals killed, 1 injured in suspected bomb attack in Laos
VIENTIANE, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) – Two Chinese nationals were killed and another injured in a suspected bomb attack in Xaysomboun province of Laos on Sunday.
The Chinese embassy confirmed the incident, saying it took place at 8:00 a.m. local time when the victims, one of whom was an employee of a mining company from China’s Yunnan province, were on board of a vehicle.
Laos military personnel rushed to the scene and the injured, surnamed Zhou, has been shifted to a hospital in capital Vientiane for treatment.
The Chinese embassy officials visited the injured person and required for prompt investigation into the attack.
Versus other bombing stories we see in the news, I doubt if this one has to do with Jihadis as Laos does not have any or much of those kinds of things there. So, the specter of other rebels or Guerillas is interesting.
Of course, the way the story reads, it looks like Chinese were specifically targeted.