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The Constitution of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

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On 14 August 1991 the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR) unanimously endorsed the first Constitution to be promulgated since the formation of the LPDR on 2 December 1975. For the intervening fifteen years, while Laos was without any constitutionally grounded system of laws, all legislative and executive powers had effectively been exercised by the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP). This paper briefly examines the background to the new Constitution. It then goes on to discuss the document itself in comparison to earlier drafts and to the constitutions of neighbouring socialist states, namely the People's Republic of Kampuchea (PRK) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV).

Affiliations: 1: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia


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