30 Apr '11, 4am

Elections in communist Laos promise little change

Laos, one of the world's last communist nations, is holding parliamentary elections Saturday. But the vote will only preserve the status quo, because virtually all candidates owe allegiance to the all-powerful political party that's ruled for 36 years. The Southeast Asian country's real policymakers were selected in March, when the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party held its 9th congress, picking 75-year-old Choummaly Sayasone — also the country's president — for a second five-year term as its secretary general. During Saturday's election, voters will choose among 190 candidates contesting 132 parliamentary seats, according to Laos' state news agency, which said results were not expected for at least a week. Most candidates are members of the communist Lao People's Revolutionary Party, which has governed by itself since 1975 and is the only party taking part. As a res...

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