Laos elects new president

The national assembly of Laos has elected former prime minister Thongloun Sisoulith as the country's new president.

The 75-year-old Thongloun was sworn in on Monday.
He previously served as the labor and social welfare minister and as the foreign minister before becoming prime minister in 2016.

Laos has been under one-party rule by the Lao People's Revolutionary Party for decades.
At the party congress in January, Thongloun was elected secretary general, the body's top post.

Thongloun will tackle challenges such as rebuilding the country's economy, which has been sluggish due to the global spread of the coronavirus. He will also have to repay the country's debts to China, which have ballooned due to railway construction.