The centrist Prime Minister was Prince Souvanna Phouma, while his half-brother, Prince Souphanouvong
, better known as the "Red Prince," was the leader and organizer of the Communist Pathet Lao.
Obama (http://www.mediaite.com/online/obama-twice-suggests-americans-are-too-lazy-in-overseas-town-hall/) twice called Americans "lazy " Wednesday during a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall at Souphanouvong
University in Laos during his ongoing visit to Asia.
Vanxay Sayavong is a researcher at the National Economic Research Institute (NERI), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), 5th Floor, New Building, Km 2, Souphanouvong
Avenue, Sithanneua Village, Sikhottabong District, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR; email: email@example.com
(20) For a biographical sketch of Prince Souphanouvong
please refer to Stuart-Fox and Kooyman 1992: 142.
(45) With the establishment of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in 1975, Souvanna Phouma became 'Counsellor to the Government', King Savang Vatthana abdicated and was appointed 'Counsellor to the President', former Crown Prince Vong Savang was appointed member of the Supreme People's Assembly, and Prince Souphanouvong
was made President of the new republic.
Souvanna's half-brother, Prince Souphanouvong
, would continue to be leader of the Communist Pathet Lao who were supported by North Vietnam.
During the first Indochina war between France and the communist movement in Vietnam, Prince Souphanouvong
helped form the Pathet Lao (Land of Laos) resistance organization committed to the communist struggle against colonialism.
In the caves of the revolutionary leaders such as Kaysone Phomvihane and the "red prince" Souphanouvong
, information plates tell the narrative of the brave Lao multi-ethnic people and their patriotic leaders fighting against foreign aggression.
Lao minister Khamxay Souphanouvong
has been missing for several months following a trip to Thailand, the U.S.
Pictured as a storybook realm of Buddhist temples, Stone Age hill tribes, wild elephant herds and curious monoliths scattered over a grassy plateau (the Plain of Jars), Laos had teapot coups and clashing princes--Boun Oum, Souphanouvong
, Souvanna Phouma--whose names rolled on the tongue like dark syrup.