General Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party who took office as the President of Laos in 2006.
He held his first major office as the Minister of Defense from 1991 to 2001.
He was the Vice President of Laos for five years before running for presidential office.
He married Keosaychay Sayasone.
He promoted Bouasone Bouphavanh to the role of Prime Minister in 2006.