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History of Laos
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Laos is granted semi-autonomy within the French Union.
Laos gains independence as a constitutional monarchy. Civil war breaks out between royalists and the communist group, the Pathet Lao.
he Pathet Lao - renamed the Lao People's Front - seizes power. King Savang Vatthana abdicates - he is later arrested and dies in captivity. The Lao People's Democratic Republic is proclaimed, with the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) the only legal political party. Kaysone Phomvihane becomes prime minister. "Socialist transformation" of the economy is launched.
National Assembly at its five-year congress appoints Bounnhang Vorachit as president and leader of the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP), succeeding Choummaly Sayasone.
Laos subject to extensive aerial bombardment by the United States in an attempt to destroy North Vietnamese sanctuaries and to rupture the supply lines known as the Ho Chi Minh trail. It's estimated that more bombs were dropped on Laos than were used during the whole of World War II.
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