The secretary-general of the ruling communist party in Laos has been re-elected to a second five-year term.
The Lao state news agency KPL reported Tuesday that Choummaly Sayasone was chosen by delegates attending the congress of the ruling Lao People's Revolutionary Party.
The 75-year-old Choummaly is also the country's president, but his position of party chief is more powerful in the single-party communist state. He was first elected to the post at the last congress in 2006.
The delegates also elected members to the Politburo and Central Committee. The congress ended Monday.
Laos will hold a general election for the National Assembly at the end of April. The country has been communist since the end of a long civil war in 1975.