10 May '11, 9am

Communist #Laos elects one-party parliament

Communist #Laos elects one-party parliament

Communist Laos has announced results of its parliamentary election, with a younger, 'highly educated' generation of lawmakers set to continue the authoritarian status quo in one of Asia's most tightly controlled countries. -- PHOTO: REUTERS BANGKOK - COMMUNIST Laos has announced results of its parliamentary election, with a younger, 'highly educated' generation of lawmakers set to continue the authoritarian status quo in one of Asia's most tightly controlled countries. More than 3.2 million people, roughly half the population, cast votes in the five-yearly poll to elect 132 lawmakers, all but four of whom were representatives of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, the only legal party in the mountainous, landlocked country. The first task for the new assembly when it convenes in June will be to approve a new president, vice-president, prime minister and cabinet selected ...

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