In the Laotian capital of Vientiane, the new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Tiao Somsanith was sworn in this week.
MLS. CABINET MEMBERS IN CHAMBER.
MS. BUDDHIST MONK SPRINKLING HOLY WATER.
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MCU. PRIME MINISTER (LEFT) AND ANOTHER MINISTER.
PAN OF MINISTERS.
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MLS. MONK SPRINKLING HOLY WATER.
PAN OF MONKS.
MS. MINISTERS LEAVING CHAMBER.
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PRIME MINISTER (GLASSES) LEADING OTHER MINISTERS.
CU. PRIME MINISTER TIAO SOMSANITH.
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Background: In the Laotian capital of Vientiane, the new cabinet headed by Prime Minister Tiao Somsanith was sworn in this week. A Buddhist monk sprinkled Holy water - the symbol of purification.
The 14-man Cabinet, drawn almost exclusively from the newly formed Democratic party for social progress, took office as a result of the General Election in April.
One member comes from the Opposition rally of Laos People Party and there are two Independents.
The Democratic party for social progress, was formed as the political wing of the army-backed committed for defence of national interests, (coin).
The choice of 47-year-old Tiao Somsanith came after the escape from jail of the pro-Communist Pathet Lao leader Prince Souphanouvong. Six weeks after the election the politicians were unable to make a selection, but Souphanouvong's escape brought the choice of this comparatively young man who has been the governor of Northern Province of Houa Khong.